By Neil Halligan
Emirates, Etihad announce diversions, cancellations after Belgian capital city's airport, metro station are rocked by explosions
An Emirates flight from Dubai to Brussels has been diverted to Dusseldorf following the explosions at Brussels airport on Tuesday morning.
Two explosions tore through Brussels airport on Tuesday morning killing 13 people in what Belgian public broadcaster VRT called a suicide attack, and a further blast struck a metro station in the capital shortly afterwards.
The airport, and all public transport around the city, has been shut down following the incident, which also led to the mass cancellation of flights today.
Inbound flights, including one from Dubai, have been forced to divert to alternative airports. A spokesperson for Emirates said its flight, which left Dubai earlier this morning, has been diverted to Dusseldorf, 200 kilometres east of Brussels.
“We are looking at alternative arrangements in Dusseldorf to get our passengers to their final destinations. Our return flight EK184 today from Brussels to Dubai has been cancelled, and our team is contacting affected passengers for rebooking. We are monitoring the situation in Brussels closely. The safety of our passengers, crew and staff is always our top priority and will not be compromised,” said an Emirates spokesperson.
Following explosions at Brussels Airport and the city’s metro system earlier on Tuesday, the airport has been closed until 6am (Central European Time) on Wednesday.
As a result, Etihad Airways said flight EY058, which was scheduled to depart Brussels for Abu Dhabi at 1010 hrs (CET) on Tuesday, is now planned to depart Brussels at the same time on Wednesday.
Etihad Airways said it is closely monitoring the situation and will provide regular updates on the status of its flights.
The airline is offering guests who have purchased tickets on and before Tuesday for travel to/from/via Brussels until March 29, with rebooking options.