Travelers who booked trips through Brussels have options while the airport in the Belgian capital works to resume operations after last month’s bombings.
Brussels Airport said it plans to partially reopen Sunday, but the limited number of flights by Brussels Airlines following a 12-day shutdown is meant to be largely symbolic. The airport plans to be back up to 20 percent of capacity by Monday.
In the meantime, passengers whose flights on U.S. airlines are canceled can get a full refund. The airlines are also allowing passengers to rebook without paying the usual ticket-change fee, but the terms differ by carrier.
Customers who want to rebook or request a refund should call the airline rather than do it themselves online in order to avoid surprise charges or fare changes.
Once the airport reopens, it will take time for flights to build back up. British Airways says it won’t fly to Brussels until Tuesday at the soonest.
The good news is that April is a slower travel time than the peak summer months, and there are seats available to many other European destinations. Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Co, said Saturday he hopes full service can be restored by the end of June or the beginning of July in time for the summer vacation season.
Here are the latest Brussels policies for several major airlines:
— Delta suggests customers reroute to or through Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf or Luxembourg. Passengers with Brussels tickets through April 18 can rebook with no penalty — although the fare could be higher — if they begin their rescheduled travel by April 30. Or they can cancel their reservation and apply the ticket’s value toward a new ticket for one year, according to Delta’s website, although they could incur change fees and higher fares.