Belgium’s second airport closes until at least April 5 due to coronavirus

The Charleroi-Brussels South airport, 50 kilometers south of the Belgian capital and second largest in the country, has reported this Friday that it closes the infrastructure until at least April 5 as a result of the reduction in flights and the closure of borders in many countries to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The aerodrome has explained in a statement to local media that the measure is a response to the drop in the number of passengers and the decision of the main companies operating in Charleroi, such as Ryanair, to suspend their routes for the time being.

It has also weighed the fact that «numerous states close their borders and do not allow passengers from the country to enter their territory,» the statement said.

Nine airlines currently operate flights departing or arriving at the airport south of Brussels, including Ryanair, WizzAir, TUI Fly and Air Belgium.

The federal government last Tuesday called for the strict confinement of citizens to prevent the spread of coronaviruses, so only strictly necessary movements are allowed and travel abroad is not allowed.