No Heathrow-bound flights from Brussels
10 August 2006 (first update), BRUSSELS — All flights to London Heathrow from Zaventem Airport were cancelled on Thursday due to the high terrorism alert in the UK.
10 August 2006 (first update)
BRUSSELS — All flights to London Heathrow from Zaventem Airport were cancelled on Thursday due to the high terrorism alert in the UK.
The Gatwick airport also announced that all incoming flights had been cancelled. Flights to the UK were proceeding, but were encountering serious delays.
Passengers with London Heathrow were being advised not to arrive at Zaventem Airport, but to make contact with their airline or travel agent first.
For passengers flying via Heathrow onto other destinations, airlines were seeking alternative flight routes to their final destinations direct from Zaventem.
Passengers with a direct transatlantic flight from the Brussels international airport were being advised to arrive at Zaventem with plenty of time to spare.
Ryanair flights from the Charleroi Airport with the UK as a final destination continued operating on Thursday morning.
Airport management had not received any instructions requesting a temporary cancellation of flights.
However, Charleroi airport management said baggage, including hand baggage, would be systematically inspected and that strict security measures were in force.
At the Deurne Airport in Antwerp, no delays were being encountered with flights destined for London City Airport.
The airline VLM had requested passengers, however, to arrive at the airport an hour earlier than usual.
Return flights were encountering delays because passengers at UK airports were being subjected to intensive security checks.
The terror alert was triggered after British police swung into action overnight to thwart a "mass murder" plan to bomb multiple planes flying between the UK and the US.
It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on as many as 10 airplanes
Police arrested 21 people as the threat level to the UK was raised by MI5 to critical after the arrests in London, High Wycombe and Birmingham. High security was causing delays at all UK airports.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news