Three more BA flights from Zaventem Airport cancelled
11 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Three British Airways flights scheduled to depart from Zaventem Airport to Heathrow on Friday have been cancelled in response to the terror alert in the UK.
11 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Three British Airways flights scheduled to depart from Zaventem Airport to Heathrow on Friday have been cancelled in response to the terror alert in the UK.
A spokesman for Zaventem operator BIAC said the BA flights at 12.10, 19.25 and 20.45 on Friday have been cancelled. All other flights to London will proceed.
BIAC has advised passengers to consult flight information from Zaventem in advance.
"Those who see that their flight is annulled, should contact their travel agent," spokesman Jan Van der Cruysse said.
Several flights from Heathrow to Zaventem were also cancelled, the London airport said.
All flights from the US to Zaventem were encountering long delays due to the intensified security measures.
"Flights from the US will probably be carried out again at normal times in coming days," Van der Cruysse said.
Passengers who are booked in for a transatlantic flight in coming days are being advised to arrive at Zaventem four hours before departure.
"These passengers should also take as little hand baggage as possible," the spokesman said.
Van der Cruysse also said that despite the fact the new security measures take a long time, passengers understand and accept situation.
British authorities lifted on Friday the restrictions imposed on short and middle-distance flights to and from Heathrow on Thursday.
But authorities still expect delays at UK airports on Friday.
In London, the situation is chaotic. Thousands of passengers have been left stranded since Thursday. Some 700,000 passengers pass through a British airport each day.
Aviation authorities refused all incoming flights of short and middle-distance at Heathrow on Thursday. A large number of flights were cancelled as a result.
British Airways cancelled some 400 flights to or from London Heathrow and London Gatwick on Thursday. These were primarily domestic and middle-distance flights, (European flights).
In the late afternoon, the restrictions on short and middle-distance flights were lifted and there are no further restrictions for passengers on long-haul flights.
Passengers have been advised, however, to expect long delays.
British Airways has warned that delays will continue on Friday, but hopes to carry out 60 percent of its 400 middle-distance flights from Heathrow.
All British Airways flights at regional airports will also be carried out on Friday, but with delays.
Passengers are reportedly understanding of the situation and are waiting patiently until their flights can be carried out.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
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