Power failure disrupts Brussels Airport departure area (PHOTOS)
There have been no flight cancelations so far, according to the airport’s Twitter, but delays are still a possibility. It’s highly recommended to check on flight information in case of any changes.
The power cut also forced the airport to postpone a scheduled news conference on the airport’s performance in 2015, Reuters reported.
Situation is getting back to normal now. There are no more queues at pre-screening. Flight delays are still possible: check flight info.— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) June 10, 2016
Power failure in several airport areas. We're working hard on solving this asap. Sorry for the inconvenience, we'll keep you posted.— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) June 10, 2016
Update: we've detected the cause of the power failure & are now fixing this. It may take some time before all systems are up and running.— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) June 10, 2016
The cause of the power failure that happened at around 6am (0400 GMT) has not been revealed yet. The 90-minute cut disrupted outgoing flights, with passengers unable to check in and board planes.
Frustrated passengers have taken to social networks to complain of “chaos” and being stuck in long queues at the airport. Others said they were afraid of missing their flights.
The airport says it will take a few hours before normal operations are resumed. Some departures are running late, but no cancelations have been announced yet.
Last month, Brussels Zaventem Airport was plagued by chaotic overcrowding following the reopening of its departure hall, which was rocked by suicide blasts in March. Stringent security made thousands of passengers wait hours in long queues.
The departure hall was the main target of Islamic State-linked terrorists on March 22, when the Belgian capital was hit by twin suicide bombings at Zaventem Airport and the Maelbeek metro station.
Passengers still waiting in line at pre-screening are now gradually admitted to the departures hall.— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) June 10, 2016
Check in & luggage systems have been restarted after the power cut but it will take a few hours before we can resume normal operations.— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) June 10, 2016