Sun | Aug 19, 2018

Belgium airspace closed for 2 hours over technical glitch

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 2:41 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s airspace was closed off for landings and departures for about two hours on Thursday afternoon because of a technical glitch in the data system of the air safety control centre.

Belgocontrol spokesman Dominque Dehaene said the control centre had to execute a “clear sky” operation until the issue was fixed.

He couldn’t immediately provide details of the technical difficulties.

Dehaene said it was “a very specific problem” that created a risk that some information on flights might not be correct.

Flights resumed by 6 p.m. local time. 

About 15 flights were cancelled and many more delayed at Brussels international airport, which handles around 650 flights a day.

Charleroi airport handles about 140.

By comparison, Heathrow, which is Europe’s busiest airport, operates 1,299 daily flights.

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