Severe air traffic disruptions at Brussels Airport due to intense snowfall

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On Monday 11 December 2017 Brussels Airport was hit by intense snowfall, causing many flight delays and flight cancellations.

Shortly after 08:30 local time, the first snow started to fall at Brussels Airport. Few moments later the precipitation increased and the airport was hit by intense snowfall. As a result, many flights got delayed or even cancelled.

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Flights bound for Brussels Airport had to enter holding patterns near FLO, KERKY and ANT.

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Around 10:00 the airport even had to be completely closed so its winter operations team could clear the runways and taxiways. At moment of writing the airport was still closed. The airport even advised passengers not to come to the airport.

As a result of the airport’s closing, most flights that were holding during the snowfall have diverted to surrounding airport such as Dusseldorf (DUS), Rotterdam (RTM), Liège (LGG), Frankfurt (FRA and HHN) and Luxembourg (LUX).

Here is a list of just a few diversions:

Flight From – To Aircraft Type Reg Diversion Airport
SN2050 BHX-BRU A319 OO-SSM DUS
WW462 KEF-BRU A320 TF-BRO RTM
TB706 CUN-BRU B787 OO-JDL LGG
FR2962 MXP-BRU B737 EI-DHV HHN
IB3206 MAD-BRU A320 EC-ILR DUS
AZ156 FCO-BRU A320 EI-DTA LUX
TU788 TUN-BRU A320 TS-IMN LUX
SU2168 SVO-BRU B737 VP-BZB DUS
BM1011 NCL-BRU ERJ135 G-RJXP RTM
EK183 DXB-BRU B77W A6-EQH FRA
QR193 DOH-BRU A359 A7-ALN CDG

 

In the early afternoon, Brussels Airlines decided to cancel all its flights for the remainder of the day, except for the long-haul flights listed below, which were still operated but with delays:

SN467 Kigali
SN501 New York
SN601 Mumbai
SN357 Kinshasa
SN277 Accra Lome
SN203 Dakar Banjul
SN371 Douala Yaounde
SN255 Ouagadougou Abidjan

 

11 December 2017

Photos: copyright (c) Aviation24.be / Flightradar24.com / Brussels Airport

 

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