Easyjet is “temporarily” switching its scheduled Brussels Zaventem flights to Lille in northern France from Thursday (March 24) following the terrorist attack on the Brussels airport.

Zaventem is set to be closed for a third day on Thursday as authorities continue the investigation into the suicide bombings in the airport’s check-in area which left at least 11 people dead on Tuesday.

The airport said it “remains unclear” about when it will be able to resume flights until it gains access to the terminal building.

Easyjet said in a statement: “It is very likely that this closure will be extended until after the damage has been assessed to allow safe operations. The decision to open the airport rests with the Belgian authorities and the airport company and this situation may extend over the Easter weekend.”

“In the meantime we are very conscious that people may still wish to travel to and from Brussels.

“We have therefore taken the decision to temporarily transfer our Brussels operation to Lille airport which is located in Northern France. This is approximately 120 kilometres from Brussels and has good and frequent rail connections with Brussels. Our scheduled flight times will remain unchanged.”

Easyjet said it would provide transfer services from Lille to Brussels while those travelling from Brussels to Lille are being advised to pay for their own transfer with the airline promising to “reimburse all reasonable costs presented to our customer services team” on arrival at Lille. These costs can include bus, train and car hire expenses.

The airline operates several routes from Brussels including flights to and from Gatwick.

Ryanair will continue to operate its Brussels flights from Charleroi airport instead of Zaventem on Thursday, while British Airways has cancelled all Brussels services until Friday (March 25).

 

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