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Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) in Belgium has announced that it aims to restart its commercial activities on 3 May 2020.

The announcement complies with the recommendations from the Federal Government and is based on information from airlines.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the airport temporarily halted its operations on 24 March for passengers and airlines.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to a decrease in passenger numbers, which forced many airlines to reduce their operations and ground their fleets.

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This has also affected airports, with the reduced occupancy rate and frequencies impacting Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

The airport saw a decrease of around 90% in its businesses, leading to a suspension of services for travellers.

Due to the ‘difficult financial situation’, the airport decided to halt all its commercial operations.

The official reopening date of 3 May is based on the situation at the time and the agreements with the other stakeholders to ensure the safety of everyone.

In a statement, BSCA added: “Until the date on which commercial activities will resume is officially announced, only health, government and maintenance flights are running.

“It is vital that the measures stipulated by health experts are respected in order to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

“To this end, Brussels South Charleroi Airport highlights the importance of staying at home and is keen to make sure things can return to normal in the best possible circumstances for everybody’s health and wellbeing.”

Last week, London City Airport in the UK announced that it will halt all commercial and private flight operations temporarily.