Brussels Airport to Remain Closed Through Friday

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The Brussels Airport is expected to remain closed through Friday following Tuesday's series of terrorist attacks that struck the airport's departures hall and a subway station near the offices of the European Union

According to a statement on the airport's website, because the forensic investigation is still underway, airport officials still have no access to the building. Until officials can enter and assess the damage, it remains unclear when the airport can resume operations. 

Passengers who had to leave checked-in luggage at the airport or hand luggage on the airplane should register with their airline, officials said. Passengers whose flight was handled by Aviapartner or Brussels Airlines passengers who have checked in their luggage at a foreign airport can file a missing baggage report at http://mylostbag.sba60.fr using the token BRUMAR22. Passengers whose baggage was not yet checked in and who had to leave their baggage at the airport can register using a Lost & Found form.

Travel Waiver Updates

Brussels Airlines is offering passengers with tickets through March 28 the option of rebooking or refunding their ticket for free, regardless of ticket conditions (even non-refundable tickets). 

American Airlines is waiving change fees for travelers on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia flights who bought their tickets before March 22 and are scheduled to travel through March 29. Guests must rebook for travel April 13 through the expiration date of their ticket. 

United Airlines has issued a travel waiver for customers who had travel booked March 22 through 31. The airline will waive the change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing between March 22, 2016, and April 12, 2016, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed, or to or from Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg or Paris. For wholly rescheduled travel departing after April 12, 2016, or for a change in departure or destination city other than those listed above, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

Delta is offering refunds and no-fee changes for customers who had travel booked March 22 through 31. The new ticket must be reissued on or before March 27, with the rebooked travel to begin no later than March 31. 

In hotel news, Marriott International is waiving cancellation fees for guests holding existing reservations at all four Marriott properties in Brussels for the immediate future. The company has also said it will work with group and special event customers on a case by case basis. 

Keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for further updates to this developing story. 

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