By Staff writer
Dubai-based airline cancelled all flights since the terrorist attack on Belgium’s main airport two weeks ago
Emirates is set to resume its flights to an from Brussels on April 15 next, the airline has confirmed.
Flights to and from Brussels resumed on Sunday last, 12 days after its departure hall was destroyed by suicide bombers.
The country's main airport has not handled passenger flights since two suspected ISIL militants carried out the suicide attacks. Those bombs and a separate one on a metro train in the city killed 35 people, including the bombers.
Belgium's main airport has said it aims to return to maximum capacity before the start of summer holidays at the end of June or early July.
On Sunday, the airport handled just three flights, the first bound for Faro in Portugal with only about 80 passengers. On Monday, the airport will served a wider range of destinations, including one plane due out to New York and two more to cities in Cameroon, Gambia and Senegal.
An Emirates spokesperson confirmed that the Brussels’ services will resume on Friday April 15 with a 2.20pm departure from Dubai (EK183), which is due to land in the Belgian capital at 7.25pm (local time). The return flight leaves Brussels at 10.30pm, arriving in Dubai on Saturday April 16 at 7.05am.
The spokesperson said that all flights up until April 14 (inclusive) have been cancelled. Emirates said its call centres will continue to contact affected passengers and offer re-booking via alternate Emirates stations (Paris, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt). Passengers will be responsible for arranging their own transportation from/to these stations, it added.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.