Transportation Mayhem After Brussels Attacks
The Brussels airport announced on their Twitter account and website that all flights in and out were cancelled until further notice. Airport officials also said the area was being evacuated and asked people to stay away from the airport’s surrounding areas.
At this moment it is impossible to say when operations will be resumed. As soon as there’s more info we’ll keep you up-to-date.
The airport also released a phone number that people could call to find out about friends and family that were supposed to fly.
Questions about family or friends who are or were at the airport? Call (0032) (0)2/753 73 00
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) March 22, 2016
Delta’s flight DL42, with 144 passengers and a crew of 11, and traveling from New York to Brussels, was diverted to Amsterdam.
— Delta (@Delta) March 22, 2016
According to Reuters, United Airlines also had two flights scheduled to arrive in Brussels the day of the attack. The airline said a flight from Washington Dulles arrived at 7:01 a.m. local time, with passengers getting off the plane without issues.
Flight 999 from Newark Liberty was diverted to another unidentified location.
Ryanair also listed the flights that had been canceled and diverted on their website. However, they had some flights towards Brussels’ Charleroi Airport running but with delays.
Aer Lingus also had a rerouted flight.
— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) March 22, 2016
Meanwhile, train systems also saw cancellations and delays.
Eurostar stated on their twitter account that trains in out of Brussels had been canceled. However, they said they were looking to restore services.
UPDATE: As Brussels-Midi re-opens, we are looking to re-instate some services to and from there this afternoon/evening. (1 of 3)
— Eurostar (@Eurostar) March 22, 2016
Uber was still an option for getting around after public transportation was shut down, but travelers had a hard time finding cars.
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) March 22, 2016
Following the attacks, the city has been on lockdown and on high alert.