Security scare at Zaventem forces evacuation

27th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2006 (first update), BRUSSELS — Terminal A at Zaventem Airport was evacuated on Thursday morning due to a "security incident" and all flights to Schengen zone countries were temporarily postponed.

27 April 2006 (first update)

BRUSSELS — Terminal A at Zaventem Airport was evacuated on Thursday morning due to a "security incident" and all flights to Schengen zone countries were temporarily postponed.

The evacuation was ordered after a passenger at terminal A fled shortly after 7am when undergoing a security check by airport police. He disappeared among other passengers.

"To avoid risks we have decided to evacuate terminal A," a spokesman for airport operator BIAC said, describing the situation as a "security incident".

Passengers were urged to move back into the departures hall, but the terminal was later re-opened at about 10am.

Police are still looking for the man, whose nationality or identity is not yet known.

"The evacuation is a precautionary measure," BIAC spokesman Jan Van Der Cruysse said.

Terminal A is the most recently built terminal at the Brussels international airport.

It services planes departing to and arriving from Schengen nations, but all planes were kept on the ground on Thursday morning.

A total of 56 flights with European destinations were cancelled or delayed.

A SN Brussels Airlines spokesman said 15 SNBA flights were cancelled. Delays are expected to continue throughout the day.

At least 1,500 people have been affected and SNBA has deployed extra personnel to help resolve the situation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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