“Thousands of passengers are stranded tonight due to a walkout of the Belgian air traffic controllers. That is unbelievable and shows no solidarity with all the men and women at the airlines and the airport who try to get as many flights as possible up in the air. A4E strongly condemns this walkout which could have never been more wrong than now. Tourism is already suffering and people avoid business meetings in Brussels. We all should stand together now and give Brussels and Belgium the right support to recover as soon as possible. Everyone in aviation and in Belgium deserves that.”
Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group, Norwegian and Ryanair, and plans to grow further. With more than 500 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than half of the continent’s passenger journeys, operating more than 2,300 airplanes and generating EUR 93 billion in annual turnover.