Brussels Airport update on cargo and passenger services
23 / 03 / 2016
Brussels Airport, which suffered a terrorist attack yesterday in which 12 people died, has issued the following statement: "There will be no passenger flights tomorrow. Brussels Airport and airlines are in narrow contact to find suitable solutions for all passengers.
"Brussels Airport is looking at the possibilities to start cargo flights today or tomorrow. Brucargo landside has been cleared since yesterday. As soon as Brucargo airside is cleared, cargo flights could resume.
"Passengers who left their luggage at the airport yesterday, are requested to contact their airline or their handlers. This is the fastest way to retrieve the luggage.
"If there is no representative office of the airline at Brussels Airport, passengers are requested to fill out the lost luggage form on the website of Brussels Airport http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/passngr/lugagge_travelinfo/lostnfoundapp/
"Passengers who have cars at the airport parking can’t retrieve their car yet. Brussels Airport will communicate as soon as possible about any changes."
Meanwhile, messages of sympathy have continued to pour in from around the air transport industry, led by the airport.
Brussels Airport chief executive Arnaud Feist said: “On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like to extend our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these cowardly and heinous acts.
“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the emergency and rescue services, passengers and staff for their compassion, solidarity and help.
“This is without doubt the blackest day in the history of Brussels Airport.”
IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler added: “Innocent people have been senselessly murdered in an attack on our humanity. Our thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends.”
He said that questions of airport security will surely arise from the incident and added that the aviation industry will continue to work closely with governments as they fulfill their responsibility to protect their citizens from evil acts.
Tyler said: “Aviation is a force for good. It brings the world together and fosters greater understanding of people and cultures.
“Those who commit terrorist acts know and fear this, and it is why air travel is so often a target.
“But terrorists will never succeed in destroying the fundamental urge and right of people to travel, explore and learn about the world. We stand united with the people of Brussels, where many of our own team live and work.”