BRUSSELS Airport has been forced to closed to flights today following a sudden air traffic controller strike.
A number of flights have been delayed, diverted or cancelled following the last-minute strike action.
According to the airport, the strike by Skeyes, the air traffic control provider over Belgium, started at 9:30am this morning and will last until 1pm later today.
In a statement on the website, it warns: "Industrial actions are taking place at skeyes. As a consequence Brussels Area Control Centre will be closed until 13:00 local time.
"As a result, operations at Brussels Airport are severely impacted. Delays, late arrivals as well as cancellations remain possible throughout the whole day.
"Passengers whose flight is cancelled due to the industrial action are requested to contact their airline for more information.
"We kindly ask passengers whose flights are cancelled not to come to the airport.
"We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you informed on any updates."
According to the Brussels Times, 100 flights have been cancelled due to the strike.
British Airways cancelled the 8:20am London Heathrow to Brussels and the 11:35am Brussels to London Heathrow flights, with the 10:05am flight from Brussels delayed to 1:13pm.
Brussels Airline has also cancelled a number of flights from the UK, with the 11:05am from Birmingham and the 10:05am from Manchester cancelled. The 11:05am from London Heathrow is also cancelled.
Cancelled flights to the UK with Brussels Airline include the 9:00am to Manchester, the 9:20am to Birmingham and the 9:50am to London Heathrow.
Many travellers were left stranded and unable to fly, posting pictures of the cancellations.
Twitter user Thijs wrote: "Trying to get home today because of a strike at Brussels Airport.
"Currently on a flight to Frankfurt and then onwards via train."
Another wrote: "Industrial action at Brussels airport, almost everything cancelled at the minute."
One picture showed queues of people in the terminal, with the comment: "Great job @BrusselsAirport."
In a statement sent to Sun Online, Skeyes explained a meeting with air traffic controllers today was cancelled which led to the strike.
A British Airways spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "Like all airlines, we've been affected by the wildcat strike in Brussels this morning.
"We've upgraded our later flights to a larger aircraft so that we can ensure that all of our customers still arrive at their destination today."
Sun Online Travel has contacted Brussels Airport for comment.
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