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Brussels terror attacks: UAE flights remain suspended

Flights from the UAE to Brussels remained suspended Wednesday following devastating terror attacks on the Belgian capital yesterday.
Emirates is among airlines that have suspended flights to Brussels following attacks.
Emirates is among airlines that have suspended flights to Brussels following attacks.

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Flights from the UAE to Brussels remained suspended Wednesday following devastating terror attacks on the Belgian capital yesterday.

Emirates flight EK183 Dubai-Brussels and return, EK184, remains cancelled and Tuesday’s EK183 was diverted to Dusseldorf airport and the return also cancelled.

Etihad has confirmed flights EY055 and EY056, the former that was scheduled to depart Abu Dhabi for Brussels at 0930 hrs (UAE local time) on Wednesday 23 March 2016, will operate through Dusseldorf airport.

Both airlines were unable to confirm ground transport to Dusseldorf in Brussels due to current security restrictions in place.

This comes after Belgian authorities put the city on lockdown in the wake of Tuesday’s attacks, closing the country’s busiest airport.

Qatar Airways has also said it flights to and from Brussels Airport may be subject to delay or cancellations following the closure of the airport.

The Belgian airport authority confirmed in an online statement that the airport would remain closed as it has no access to the building.

“Brussels Airport extends its deepest sympathy to the friends and relatives of the victims of the explosions in the departures hall earlier this morning,” the statement reads. “Following these attacks, there will be no flights into and out of Brussels Airport tomorrow [Wednesday].”

“Because the forensic investigation is still underway, we currently have no access to the building. It is therefore impossible for us to assess the damage. As a result the airport will remain closed to air traffic tomorrow,” it added.

Three explosions ripped through Brussels, Belgium, killing more than 30 people and injuring at least 230 more. Two of the blasts were at the Brussels Airport, while another happened at a subway station in the district of Maalbeek.

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