By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi carrier announces changes to schedule as Brussels Airport remains closed after Tuesday attack
Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that its flights to Brussels are being diverted to Dusseldorf as Brussels Airport remains closed following Tuesday's terrorist attack.
Flights EY055/EY056, originally scheduled to depart Abu Dhabi for Brussels at 9.30am (UAE local time) on Wednesday instead departed Abu Dhabi for Dusseldorf at 1.30pm (Abu Dhabi local time).
The airline said in a statement that the return flight EY056 will depart Dusseldorf for Abu Dhabi at 8.30pm (Dusseldorf local time) arriving Abu Dhabi at 6.10am (Abu Dhabi local time) on Thursday.
Etihad Airways said it will also be offering all affected passengers on flight EY058, due to have departed Brussels for Abu Dhabi on Tuesday morning, to travel through Dusseldorf airport on flight EY056 on Wednesday.
"At this stage Etihad is unable to confirm ground transport to Dusseldorf for our guests in Brussels due to current security restrictions in place as a result of today’s events," said the statement.
Passengers wishing to travel on EY56 are advised to arrange their own transportation from Brussels to Dusseldorf, it added.
The airline is also offering rebooking options for those guests who have purchased tickets on and before March 22 for travel to/from/via Brussels until March 29.
Guests are advised to call the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000, +32 (0) 22 00 8880 or visit the Etihad Airways website for further updates.
"The safety and security of our guests and staff is of paramount importance and remains our utmost priority," Etihad added.