Brussels Airlines gradually resumes flights from Brussels Airport

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Saturday, April 02, 2016 From tomorrow onwards, Brussels Airlinesgradually resumes its flights out of Brussels Airport. "While our thoughtsremain deeply with the great human suffering, our colleagues do their utmost tobring our passengers to their destination," says CEO Bernard Gustin.

Brussels Airport, which is the home of Brussels Airlines,was immediately closed to all passenger traffic after the attacks of March 22.As previously announced, the airport will partially reopen and BrusselsAirlines will resume flights to and from its home base as from tomorrow,Sunday.

The flight offer is adapted to the capacity constraintsimposed by the airport. Tomorrow Brussels Airlines operates three flights toEuropean destinations: Faro, Athens and Turin. As from Monday, BrusselsAirlines’ flight offer from Brussels Airport will be gradually expanded withlong haul flights and additional European flights. A complete overview of theflight schedule, which is constantly updated, is available on www.brusselsairlines.com.

Due to infrastructural limitations, only a limited amountof flights can be operated out of Brussels Airport. Therefore Brussels Airlinescontinues to operate part of its flight schedule from the regional airports ofLiège and Antwerp. Some long haul flights continue to be operated fromFrankfurt and Zurich. Whenever possible, these flights will gradually beoffered from Brussels Airport again. On the websitewww.brusselsairlines.com all the latest information regarding these flights isavailable.

Compassion and thanks

"Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by theattacks of March 22nd, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. "Thesepast 11 days, we have been working in extremely difficult operational andemotional conditions. We have done our utmost to bring thousands of BrusselsAirlines passengers to their destination. This was possible thanks to our ownflights, but also thanks to flight options provided by partners. This was, isand will remain our first priority, in addition to the support given to ourstaff. I thank our customers for their understanding. We acknowledge that dueto the circumstances, our service was not always on the level that ourcustomers are used to getting from us. The many words of encouragement wereceived are heartwarming. The organization of our flights required an enormouscommitment of our employees and services at the airports of Antwerp, Liege,Frankfurt and Zurich. I am very grateful for their outstanding efforts. Theymade the impossible possible. Finally, a huge thank you to Brussels AirportCompany, which has worked day and night to reopen the airport."

Brussels Airlines is also grateful for all the supportgiven by travel agents and tour operators. Moreover, Brussels Airlines’business team plans to visit its partners the following weeks to personallythank them and give updates regarding the flight schedule and passengerguidelines.

Safety regulations

The start of the operations at Brussels Airport isaccompanied by additional safety regulations that must be followed strictly.Therefore, Brussels Airlines and Brussels Airport ask its passengers toconsider these guidelines. Passengers are requested to arrive at the airportwell in time before their flight (2h for Schengen destinations, 3h fornon-Schengen) and to print their tickets or boarding pass. There are also newguidelines concerning accessibility, parking and baggage. An overview of allthese rules need to be read carefully on the website of Brussels Airport.