Brussels Airport has released a statement expressing its “deepest sympathy with victims and relatives” after two explosions at the Belgian gateway this morning left 11 dead and more than a hundred injured.
The airport’s chief executive officer, Arnaud Feist says: “On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like to extend our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these cowardly and heinous acts.
“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the emergency and rescue services, passengers and staff for their compassion, solidarity and help. This is without doubt the blackest day in the history of Brussels Airport.”
All flights and other operations at Brussels Airport have been cancelled for the day. The airport site has been entirely evacuated to give the public prosecutor and the police enough room to carry out their investigation into the explosions.
Brussels Airport says it is fully collaborating with the judicial and police services and forensic investigation by the public prosecutor and the police in the terminal is still underway.
Until the investigation is complete, nobody is allowed to enter the departures hall, including the airport staff as it was severely damaged in explosions.
Brussels Airport explains it has been hit in its heart, in the departures hall where at that moment many passengers were waiting to leave on holiday: “At Brussels Airport tens of people died in the attacks or were severely injured. Immediately following the explosions, the Red Cross and other emergency services arrived at Brussels Airport to take care of the victims. By now, all of the victims have been evacuated from the airport.”
The Red Cross remains present at various locations on and in the vicinity of Brussels Airport to assist victims, witnesses, relatives and friends.
Brussels Airport says it wishes to thank the emergency services for their efforts and humanity in these difficult moments for our passengers, staff and the people who care about them.
People who wish to inquire about the passengers at Brussels Airport can call 02/753.73.00.