Belgian air traffic slowly resumes

20th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Air traffic in Belgium, which has been disrupted by volcanic ash from Iceland, partially resumed early Tuesday with landings only authorised after 0600 GMT, the interior ministry said.

The main international airport in Brussels and smaller ones in Charleroi and Liege were expected to be at full landing capacity at midday, with take-offs being authorised after 1200 GMT, spokesman Jan Pauwels said.

However the main Brussels airport's Internet site said that some flights would leave Tuesday morning for destinations in Africa.

Senior government officials were also due to meet Tuesday to examine measures to help get home some 33,000 Belgians caught abroad by the chaos caused by the closure of much European airspace on April 15.

The government is considering whether to use military planes.

© 2010 AFP

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