MIAMI — United Airlines and Delta announced the return of their flights to Brussels two weeks after the terrorist attacks occurred at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station.
Last Wednesday, United was the first U.S. carrier to restore service with flights UA999 from Newark and its return flight UA998.
During the time Zaventem was closed, the Chicago-based carrier offered counseling to its Brussels employees, in order to deal with the events unfolded on March 22, when 35 people were killed and dozens were injured.
“Customer reaction was very positive. We want to thank everyone for their support over the last two weeks. We couldn’t have done it without you” commented United’s Brussels General Manager Cathy Marlier.
On the other hand, Delta Air Lines restarted its New York-Brussels service yesterday. Besides transporting passengers, flight DL42 carried thousands of origami hearts, which will be displayed at a makeshift memorial site located in the Place de la Bourse in downtown Brussels.
These origami hearts, some with messages written inside, were folded by the employees of the Atlanta-based carrier.
On the other hand, the Atlanta-Brussels flight has been cancelled until March 2017.
Meanwhile, American Airlines decided to resume its Philadelphia – Brussels route next June 14. The DFW-based airline had been operating flights to and from Brussels six days a week.
Despite the opening of Brussels airport, there still are disruptions in air travel to the capital city of Belgium. Besides the heightened security measures, departing passengers from Zaventem will have to use a temporary structure, as parts of the main terminal were damaged from the attacks.