In the aftermath of what began as a horrifying week, Brussels Airport has announced that it will remain closed through and including March 27. Brussels Airlines, meanwhile, has begun offering flights at nearby secondary airports.
The airport had said on Wednesday that it could not be sure of reopening on Friday until the team had a chance to enter the airport and assess damage.
For the time being, the airport has been actively addressing the needs of passengers who had to evacuate the terminal on Monday morning.
On Thursday, the airport announced that it had found “a solution” for accommodations of all affected passengers stranded after the attacks on the airport and that temporary emergency accommodations were closed.
Brussels Airport has also arranged to return luggage left behind on Monday during the emergency response evacuations at the airport. Hand luggage from certain aircraft, and checked-in luggage which was already on the tarmac at the time of the attacks can be collected. Hand luggage or luggage left behind at the airport facilities, however, is still unavailable.
Brussels airport is also arrangements for travellers who parked at the terminal to retrieve their vehicles. There are security restrictions and the airport warns that those coming to collect their cars should not carry backpacks or large bags with them.
The airport advised earlier this week that it will need time to assess damage before restarting operations.
Brussels Airlines has begun offering flights to and from Antwerp and Liege airports the airline is offering passengers who opt to fly from Antwerp or Liege free bus transport to the airport.
Through the weekend, inclusive Sunday 27 March, Brussels Airlines is also operating flights to Africa and North America through Frankfurt and Zurich Airports.