Belgium airspace closed for 2 hours over technical glitch
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.