UAE flights disrupted by explosions at Brussels airport

ABU DHABI // Flights operated by Emirates and Etihad Airways between the UAE and the Belgian capital have been affected by today’s explosions at Brussels airport. Emirates said flight EK183 from Dubai to Brussels would be diverted to Düsseldorf because of the closure of Brussels Zaventem Airport. “We are looking at alternative arrangements in Düsseldorf […]

ABU DHABI // Flights operated by Emirates and Etihad Airways between the UAE and the Belgian capital have been affected by today’s explosions at Brussels airport.

Emirates said flight EK183 from Dubai to Brussels would be diverted to Düsseldorf because of the closure of Brussels Zaventem Airport.

“We are looking at alternative arrangements in Düsseldorf to get our passengers to their final destinations,” a spokesman said.

Return flight EK184, scheduled to depart later today from Brussels to Dubai has been cancelled, the spokesman said.

Airline officials were contacting affected passengers for rebooking.

“We are monitoring the situation in Brussels closely,” the spokesman said.

“The safety of our passengers, crew and staff is always our top priority and will not be compromised.”

After the explosions, Brussels Airport announced on Twitter that all operations have been suspended until further notice.

Flights and train services in and out of Brussels were canceled and security precautions were stepped up at travel hubs around Europe after bombings in the Belgian capital’s airport and subway system.

Travelers should avoid the airport, which was being evacuated, according to the hub’s Twitter feed. The metro, trams and bus lines in Brussels were shut.

The high-speed Thalys train that runs between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam canceled service to the Belgian capital, as did the Eurostar line serving Paris, London and Brussels, according to Twitter feeds from the rail services. One Thalys train en route from Paris to Brussels was turned back to the French capital, according to a Bloomberg News reporter on board.

Security has been reinforced at Paris airports and delays are expected, Aeroports de Paris, which operates the hubs, said in a statement on its website.

Sulaiman Hamid Almazroui, UAE’s Ambassador to Belgium, also took to Twitter to announce that all Emiratis in Belgium had been accounted for and were safe.

Etihad flight EY058 was scheduled to operate from Brussels to Abu Dhabi at 10.10am Brussels time but had been delayed because of the evacuation of the departure terminal following the explosions.

“At this time passengers are unable to access the departure terminal which has been closed due to this incident,” the airline said in a statement.

“The airline will provide all necessary assistance to passengers who may miss their connecting flights as a result of this event and will advise them of itinerary changes.”

Passengers are asked to contact the Etihad Airways Contact Centre for updates.

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Source: uae news

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