Saturday 1 October 2016

Passengers face disruption in wake of Brussels atrocities

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 22/03/2016 | 21:02

The scene at Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning
The scene at Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning

BRUSSELS Airport will remain closed on Wednesday, after two deadly explosions ripped through the departure hall this morning, killing 14 people.

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Following the attacks at Zaventem Airport at around 8am, all operations were suspended.

“The airport will remain closed through Wednesday," the airport's chief executive Arnaud Feist said on Brussels Airport's official Twitter account.

He added that tomorrow they would evaluate the situation and make a decision about whether to resume airport operations on Thursday.

Aer Lingus has cancelled all flights scheduled to operate to and from Brussels tomorrow.

Any passengers booked on the affected flights will be able to make free changes or request a free refund up to 31 March.

The 20 Ryanair flights to and from Brussels Zaventem will be diverted to the nearby airport at Brussels Charleroi.

“Following the closure of Brussels Zaventem Airport today, all remaining Brussels Zaventem flights were cancelled,” Robin Kiely, Head of Communications for Ryanair, told independent.ie.

“Flights due to operate to/from Brussels Zaventem on Wednesday, 23 March, will now operate to/from Brussels Charleroi.”

Customers are advised to make their way to Charleroi and allow extra time for their journeys as delays are expected.

The airline’s full Brussels Charleroi schedule will operate tomorrow as planned.

Ryanair also said passengers will be allowed to use their original Zaventem boarding passes for these flights.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones,” said Mr Kiely.

All Eurostar trains to and from Brussels were suspended for most of the day, with services from London terminating in the French city of Lille.

The cross-Channel operator said two trains from London to Brussels would run "for those whose travel is a necessity".

A full service is expected to resume tomorrow, according to Eurostar.

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