Tuesday, March 22, 2016

After three explosions in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday morning, here's what travelers should know. Read our latest updates here.

Three separate explosions in Brussels on Tuesday morning have killed at least 31, injured more, and disrupted air travel and public transportation. According to Time, the first two happened at Zaventem airport around 8 a.m. local time. "Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw called all three explosions terrorist attacks," the article states.

The first explosion occurred in the departures area, with the second one occuring minutes later in another part of the airport; 11 people were killed and 81 injured in these attacks. Van Leeuw confirmed that one of the explosions was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Around 9:10 a.m. a separate blast occurred on the subway, at the Maelbeek station—near the headquarters of the European Union. This city center attack killed 20 and injured more than 100, according to the article.

The story is developing, but for now, here is what travelers should know:

  • The city is on lockdown: metro stations, museums, and international train services have been shut down, halted, or diverted.
  • Zaventem Airport has cancelled all flights today. It plans to reopen tomorrow at 6 a.m. local time.
  • In a statement, Delta Air Lines said that passengers and crew on its two flights into Brussels this morning are safe. Flight DL80 from Atlanta, carrying 151 passengers and 11 crew, landed safely at the airport and all customers have deplaned. Delta's flight DL42 from New York, carrying 144 passengers and 11 crew, was diverted to Amsterdam. Delta has issued a travel waiver to assist impacted customers, and it is working actively with customers to change travel plans for any flights booked to, from, or through Brussels.
  • United Airlines also released a statement confirming it had two arrivals in Brussels this morning and that passengers are safe. "Flight 950 from Washington Dulles arrived at 7:01 a.m. and customers deplaned normally at the gate. Our second flight—flight 999 from Newark Liberty—was rerouted to a remote location and our customers and crew have deplaned. All remaining flights to and from Brussels International have been suspended until further notice from local authorities. We will share additional updates as soon as we are able."
  • American Airlines has canceled all flights in Brussels today and tomorrow, and also issued a waiver for travelers.
  • Ireland's Ryanair canceled all flights due to land in Brussels, according to Time.
  • Brussels Airlines and other carriers in the Lufthansa Group have issued a waiver through March 28, which travelers can rebook or refund through the carrier or an agent.
  • Eurostar service to and from Brussels is suspended today.
  • Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department confirmed the attacks this morning and advised U.S. citizens in Belgium to shelter in place and avoid all transportation—and to reach out to friends and family on social media to let them know they're okay. A local emergency number is in place as well as a crisis center at the embassy, and they advise monitoring local news as the story unfolds. They are sharing regular updates on their Twitter feed.
After three explosions in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday morning, here's what travelers should know. Read our latest updates here.

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