Brussels travel: Zaventem Airport remains closed over Easter weekend as British Airways resumes Belgium flights

BA will be operating to Liege rather than the Belgian capital, with Zaventem opening March 28 at the earliest

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Travel to, from and within Brussels remains severely disrupted following the attacks on 22 March. The main airport in the Belgian capital, Zaventem, will remain close until Monday morning at the earliest. Passengers' who were obliged to leave their cars at the airport are being allowed to collect them from some external car parks, but not those connected to the airport itself.

Brussels Airlines has resumed some services, but not from its main hub. A reduced service is operating from Antwerp and Liege airports, with free bus connections from the capital. The airline said it would “offer alternatives to bring as many passengers as possible to their final destination”.

British Airways resumes flights to Belgium on Friday, but will be operating to Liege rather than Brussels. The airline says: “If you choose to fly from Liege then please be aware that our normal online check-in service will not be available. There will be a free bus service between Liege airport and the main train station in Liege.”

Lufthansa’s flights to Brussels remain cancelled until Tuesday, while easyJet has begun to switch passengers to Lille in France.

Ryanair has re-directed all of its Zaventem flights until 29 March to Charleroi airport, 30 miles south of Brussels. Passengers are urged to arrive at least three hours before their flight time due to additional security checks.

Metro services within Brussels remained partially suspended on Thursday, with some stations not being served. All tram services are operational again, and three road tunnels which had been closed re-opened on Thursday morning. Most buses are running normally.

Eurostar is running a full train service from London to Brussels, but passengers holding bookings until 29 March have the chance to postpone travel if they wish.

The latest Foreign Office travel advice for Belgium says: "There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including on public transport and transport hubs and in other places visited by foreigners."