For Ryanair staff who were also based in Zaventem, this means that 17 pilots, 44 stewards and hostesses as well as engineers and support staff will have to be relocated to other European bases of the Irish company or to Charleroi. The unions were told that the Zaventem base should reopen in March, but Michael O’Leary explained that this would depend on future negotiations with the airport, and that there was therefore no guarantee.
Didier Lebbe, permanent at the CNE transport who attended the meeting this morning, specifies that in all, around 80 staff members will be impacted: “They promise to find a solution for each of these people. For the 44 [membres du personnel de] cabin, you should know that there are no Belgians. They are going to offer basic transfers on their network, so those who would like to return to their country to continue working for Ryanair in their country could do so. For those who want to stay in Brussels while waiting for the reopening in March, they will organize a shuttle system between Brussels airport and Charleroi airport so that the staff who were based in Brussels can go to work in Charleroi “.
The union representative confirms that Carolo airport is not affected. “Charleroi is not impacted at all. They remove two planes for the winter each time, but it is usual“, explains Didier Lebbe.
The CNE and ACV Puls unions were completely unaware of what was going to be announced during this extraordinary Works Council. The summons letter spoke of a “important update” of the situation in Zaventem. The pilots had also received their timetables for this winter season.