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Brussels strike holds up Jet’s flights

Brussels strike holds up Jet’s flights
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First Published: Tue, Aug 12 2008. 02 09 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 12 2008. 02 09 AM IST
New Delhi: International flights of Jet Airways (India) Ltd, India’s largest domestic carrier by passengers, were delayed due to a strike at Belgium’s Brussels airport.
Brussels is the airline’s global hub that routes most of its European flights and those to the US and Canada. “There have been some disruptions,” said Jet’s chief executive officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, “but no cancellations so far.”
It is unclear whether flights due on Tuesday will be deferred or cancelled if the strike continues. “As of now, there is no rescheduling,” a Jet spokeswoman said late evening.
Jet, whose international code is 9W, flies non-stop from New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to Brussels daily. Flights to New York (9W 226) and Newark (9W 228) in the US, and Toronto (9W 230) in Canada departed late. “Three other flights (are waiting) but we don’t know when will they take off,” a Jet official said over phone from Brussels. These included inbound flights to Mumbai (9W 229), Delhi (9W 227) and Chennai (9W 225).
Prock-Schauer said Jet was forced to “managing with our own staff”. The Brussels Airport Co. said in statement pos-ted on its website that it is negotiating with airport workers.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 12 2008. 02 09 AM IST