Belgian rail strike

Three trade unions representing Belgium rail workers have issued a 24-hour formal strike notice for 29 November until Thursday, 01 December.

The strike will have an impact on trains operating between the Netherlands and Belgium.

The train strike in Belgium prompted the cancellation on Tuesday of five scheduled NS Intercity trains from Amsterdam Centraal to Brussels, the Dutch national rail operator said. Additionally, four trains running from Brussels-Zuid to Amsterdam in the morning and afternoon were also cancelled.

For the most part, the train between Maastricht and Liège will not run, though some limited service between the two cities may remain. Only about 15 percent of trains on the route between Roosendaal, Antwerp and Puurs will be cancelled, while the rest should operate as planned.

The strike will not have an impact on the Thalys and Eurostar services. However, Eurostar warned its customers to give themselves extra time when traveling to or from the Brussels-Zuid station, and to frequently check travel planners.

Unless averted, the strike will likely result in significant disruptions to rail services throughout the country. For information on international traffic, please visit the SNCB International website.

Heightened demand for alternative modes of transportation may also result in reduced taxi availability. Protests by striking employees are possible at major train stations.

Check rail service schedules and follow local travel and security advice. Consider alternative transport options, if necessary. Allow additional time for travel.

Fog on Tuesday morning is causing problems at Eindhoven and Schiphol airports as well as on the roads

Additionally, the foggy weather on Tuesday morning was already causing problems at Eindhoven Airport and Schiphol Airport, as well as on the roadways.

According to European air traffic control service Eurocontrol, the fog was also likely to create issues in the airspace above Amsterdam. Arriving flights will be regulated due to low visibility at least through 10 a.m., according to a service update. Although the situation is improving, delays remain moderate to high.

Thus far, about 80 morning flights arriving at the country’s biggest airport were delayed for various reasons anywhere from a few minutes to nearly two hours. Over 30 departures were also delayed. The problem could have a knock-on effect later in the day, particularly if other European airports are affected by fog.