BELGA

"Clear the Sky "above Belgium

Shortly before 4PM local time the order was given to stop all air traffic landing and taking off in Belgium.  Flights in Belgian airspace below 7,500 metres are banned.  The Belgian air traffic control agency instigated the measure following a technical problem with flight data. Flights are being diverted abroad.

Flights are unable to take off or land as a result of the measure.  Overflying aircraft flying above 7,500 metres remain unaffected and are directed by the European air traffic control agency.

The air traffic control agency insists there is no danger for the safety of air traffic.  The measure is an ultimate step taken to safeguard air traffic safety.  The agency is unable to say how long air traffic in Belgian airspace will be at a standstill.