Brussels Airport, the site of deadly twin blasts Tuesday, will stay closed until at least Wednesday afternoon local time, the Belgian crisis center has announced. The terrorist attacks at the international airport in Zaventem, 7 miles outside Belgium’s capital, killed and wounded dozens.
While the airport remains shuttered, a number of global airlines have had to cancel and reroute flights, causing delays and leaving some travelers stranded. Here’s an alphabetical list of major airlines and how the Brussels terrorist attacks have affected their operations:
Aegean has canceled its planned three flights to and from Brussels Airport Tuesday. The Greek airline is waiving rebooking fees and offering full refunds for all passengers who want to cancel their flights to and from Brussels between now and March 31. In a statement posted on its website, Aegean noted that Brussels-bound Flight A3620, which departed from Athens Tuesday morning, was diverted and landed safely at Düsseldorf airport in Germany.
Air France said one of its flights bound for Lyon, France, left Brussels at 6:35 a.m. local time, according to CNN. The French airline has temporarily suspended all other flights to and from Brussels following the terrorist attacks. Train services between Brussels-Midi and Paris-CDG have also been canceled Tuesday.
American Airlines has canceled a flight between Brussels and Philadelphia. The company said it will accommodate its affected customers once operations at the Brussels international airport resume.
British Airways has canceled all of its flights to and from Brussels for the remainder of Tuesday. It was not immediately clear how the U.K. company will proceed with its operations Wednesday, since Brussels Airport will remain closed until the afternoon.
“Given events at the airport, we are keeping flights from Wednesday 23 March under review and are awaiting for more information from the authorities in Belgium,” the airline said in an online statement.
Brussels Airlines has canceled 190 flights and rerouted 15 flights to other airports, affecting some 20,000 passengers Tuesday.
Delta Air Lines said in an online statement Tuesday that its Brussels-bound Flight DL80 landed safely at the airport in Zaventem and is parked remotely. Flight DL42 from New York to Brussels was diverted and landed safely at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport. The airline said its customers whose flights were canceled or significantly delayed will get refunds.
EasyJet has canceled all of its flights to and from Brussels scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Its Brussels-bound Flight EZY2796 from Milan was rerouted to Maastricht in the Netherlands, the airline said in an online statement.
Emirates airline has diverted its Brussels-bound Flight EK183, which departed from Dubai, to Düsseldorf, Germany. The Dubai-based company also canceled the return flight from Brussels to Dubai.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines canceled its five flights scheduled to depart from Brussels Tuesday. The Amsterdam-bound Flight KL1722 remains in the Brussels Airport in Zaventem, but the airline said the aircraft was not in the area of the explosions.
“The flight’s passengers and crew have disembarked and are all safe,” KLM said in a statement obtained by CNN.
Lufthansa canceled all of its Tuesday flights to and from Brussels, 25 in total, affecting some 2,000 passengers.
“Two flights from Frankfurt and Munich, which were already on their way, have been rerouted to Liege [Belgium] and Cologne,” a representative for the German airline said in a statement obtained by Reuters.
Ryanair, the low-cost Irish airline, has canceled all of its flights out of Brussels Airport and diverted two incoming flights to a nearby airport in Charleroi, southern Belgium. All flights scheduled to arrive or depart Brussels Airport Wednesday will not operate from Brussels but Charleroi, though there may be delays, the Dublin-based company said in an online statement. To accommodate stranded customers, Ryanair is also operating additional flights Tuesday.
United Airlines had two flights scheduled to arrive at Brussels Airport Tuesday morning. Flight 950 from Washington Dulles arrived at 7:01 a.m. local time and customers got off the plane normally. But Flight 999 from Newark was rerouted to a different location, which the U.S. airline did not identify. All remaining United Airlines flights to and from Brussels Airport have been suspended indefinitely.
“All employees are safe and accounted for at this time,” the company said in a statement Tuesday obtained by Reuters.
Source: International Business Times