Due to a power failure at Belgocontrol, Belgian air space has been closed from 09:45 this morning at least until 17:30 local time today, 27 May.
Aeroplanes with destination Belgian airports have been diverted to airports in neighbouring countries: Amsterdam, Maastricht, Lille, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Luxembourg, etc.
Aircraft which were in the immediate vicinity of the airport could land, but then a “clear the sky” procedure was implemented.
No aircraft can currently fly above Belgium below 24,500 feet. The Brussels FIR closure does NOT affect overflights operating above FL245, which are run by Maastricht.
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News release of Brussels Airport
Technical failure air traffic control: no landings or departures till 14h
Because of a technical failure with air traffic control no departures or landings are possible at Brussels Airport till 14.00h. This is a nation wide problem. Belgian Air traffic Controller Belgocontrol does its utmost best to restart the installations as quickly as possible.
This electrical failure causes a lot of delays. A number of flights has been diverted to airports in the neighbourhood.
We advise our passengers to check their flight information online and to contact their airline for more information. Brussels Airport will keep you up-to-date via the website, app and the Brussels Airport Facebook & Twitter account.
News release of Brussels Airlines:
Due to an electrical failure at Belgian Air Traffic Control (Belgocontrol), it is currently impossible to land or take off at Brussels Airport. As aresult we are unfortunately forced to suspend our flights. The currentestimation is that the airspace will remain closed until 16.00 Brussels time.
Our priority is to inform our guests and to find alternativesolutions as soon as possible.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes for our passengers.
Jetairfly news release:
Belgian airspace temporarily closed
Departures: Jetairfly-flights due to depart from Belgian airports, are delayed until the reopening of the Belgian airspace.
We advise our passengers to be present at the normal check-in time in their departure airport. Please be aware that you will most probably have to face a delay as a consequence of this airspace closure.
We apologize for any inconvenience in this circumstances beyond our control.