Ostend-Bruges airport is having busiest day since 22 March 2016 attacks

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Copyright Yves Engels: “No low-cost cancellation for TUI clients. As one of the few companies, TUI fly Belgium managed to get most of its flights in the air during the national strike affecting BRU. Diverting a lot of flights to Luchthaven Oostende. Great job of TUI, but also, and not the least, Aviapartner, TNA, Security, airport services, … Great job!”

Due to today’s national strike, Brussels Airport has decided to cancel all departing passenger flights. A drastic measure, but the airport couldn’t guarantee the safety of the airport staffers and the many expected passengers. TUI fly Belgium quickly reacted by ferrying several aircraft to the regional airports. The holiday airline is now operating more flights from the airports of Antwerp, Liège and Ostend-Bruges.

The airport near the coast his having its busiest day since the 22 March 2016 attacks, when many flights were forced to divert after the bombs in Brussels and at Brussels Airport.

Since a few days, we have started working on a contingency plan with one mission: to bring all passengers to their destinations despite the national strike,” TUI fly Belgium spokesperson Florence Bruyère said to Aviation24.be.

Four flights will depart from Liège airport and four from Antwerp, most of the flights (twelve) will take-off from Ostend-Bruges airport, passengers were briefed and will be bussed from Brussels Airport to the regional airports,” Bruyère told, “for some passengers, it has been two-three years since their last holiday due to the pandemic, our team is working hard to give them their well-deserved holiday.”

TUI fly Belgium didn’t cancel a single flight. Due to operational reasons, however, the airline has postponed two flights until tomorrow (Tirana, Eskisehir)

The hustle and bustle today at Ostend-Bruges Airport also brings back memories of the terrible attacks at Brussels Airport, back on 22 March 2016, when several flights were diverted to Ostend that day. Today the airport is experiencing its busiest day since the attacks.

TUI fly Belgium is also operating one long-haul flight from Ostend-Bruges today: a Boeing 787-8 (OO-JDL) will depart Ostend-Bruges destination Havana, Cuba, and Cancun, Mexico.

See TUI fly Belgium’s rerouted flights in this pdf.

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