Brussels Airport open to select corporate jet flights following terrorist attacks


Brussels Airport has re-opened to some private flights handled by General Aviation and selected cargo journeys following the terrorist attacks committed by Islamic State extremists in the Belgium capital on Tuesday (22 March).

In an official statement released by airport authorities it was confirmed that a “crime scene investigation is still ongoing at the terminal of Brussels Airport” and until further notice “the perimeter around the airport remains as it is”.

The statement added that although a restricted number of flights would be allowed, but that commercial passenger flights would be suspended until the weekend.

“Partial aerial activities will resume tonight (23 March). Cargo flights and private flights handled by General Aviation can resume as of now. Passenger flights are suspended until Friday included,” the airport said.

The authorities said that they would be unable to give any indication on further timing about when the terminal would be cleared and ready for inspection by airport staff to “determine the damage and to start reconstruction”.

More than 30 people are understood to have been killed and dozens injured in a series of barbaric suicide bomb attacks that hit Brussels international airport and a city metro station.

Twin explosions hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, with 11 people reported killed.

Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station near the EU headquarters in the city an hour later, leaving an estimated 20 people dead.