CAIRO: EgyptAir cancelled its flight to Brussels Wednesday in the wake of the twin blasts that hit the Belgian airport, an official source at the customer service department of Egypt’s national carrier told The Cairo Post.
Flight no. MS725, originally scheduled to leave Cairo International Airport to Brussels at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, “was cancelled upon security instructions issued by authorities at the Belgian airport to ensure the safety of passengers,” the source said.
The passengers, most of whom were Belgians, were given two options; to depart aboard other EgyptAir flights heading to other European airports or wait for the next flight, the source added.
On its Twitter account, the Brussels airport announced the cancellation of all inbound and outbound flights Wednesday also as the attack caused a power failure at the air traffic control centre.
“The airport will also be closed tomorrow 23 March. Tomorrow we’ll evaluate & decide if @brusselsairport will resume operations on Thursday,” according to the airport’s twitter account.
On Tuesday, two explosions rocked the Zaventem airport killing at least 10 people. They were followed by an explosion in a subway station in the city that also killed 20 people.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks, according to Reuters.