Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines has scrapped its entire schedule of 222 flights for Feb. 13 because of industrial action across various stakeholders operating at Brussels Airport, as part of a wider national strike in Belgium.

The strike action affects travel plans of more than 16,000 passengers.

By proactively canceling its flight program days ahead of the strike, Brussels Airlines said passengers will have time to adapt their travel plans to minimize the level of disruption generated by the national strike.

Three major unions called for the strike, which will impact other transportation systems—such as railway and shipping—among others.  

Kurt Hofmann,