Bulgaria Air resumes Sofia – Brussels Zaventem flights

Bulgaria Air is resuming evening flights from Sofia Airport to Brussels Zaventem Airport as of April 7, but up to April 30, the departure time has been changed, Sofia Airport said.

Bulgaria Air flight FB 407 will leave at 7.45pm, not at 6pm, according to an announcement by the website in Bulgaria’s capital city.

Sofia – Zaventem flights were cancelled after the terrorist attack at Zaventem and a metro station in the Belgian capital, in which 31 people died and a large number were seriously injured.

Bulgaria Air said that due to the limited capacity of Zaventem airport and the only possible hours of operation, between April 7 and May 1, Bulgaria Air will perform flight FB407/408 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday with the following schedule:

FB 407 Sofia – Brussels 19:45 – 21:20

FB 408 (FB1408) Brussels – Sofia 22:10 – 01:40+1

Flight FB405/406 between April 7 and May 1 2016 has been cancelled due to a technical failure of Zaventem airport to provide an additional slot, Bulgaria Air said.

“Due to the limited capacity of Zaventem airport, during the period April 7 – May 1 2016, Bulgaria Air is allowed to operate to and from Brussels only with a capacity of Embraer type aircraft – 108 seats. In this connection, we would like to ask all the clients of the airline with tickets purchased for this period to contact the issuer of their ticket or the Call Centre (phone: +359 2 40 20 400) for revalidation or reconfirmation of the dates,” the airline said.

The first commercial passenger flights from Zaventem Airport after the terrorist attacks were on April 3, and service at the airport is being gradually resumed. Staff at Zaventem have been working flat out to normalise service at the airport, where significantly heightened security measures are in place.

Reports said that Ryanair would resume most of its flights from Zaventem from April 8.

From April 8, Ryanair will start operating a daily regular line from M.R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava (BTS) to the main airport in Brussels. This means that the flights currently landing at Brussels-Charleroi airport will be rerouted to Zaventem, BTS spokeswoman Veronika Ševčíková said, quoted by The Slovak Spectator.

All Brussels Airlines flights will depart from Brussels Airport as of April 9, though the carrier will not yet be offering a full service. A Brussels Airlines spokesperson said that the aim was to operate as many flights as possible, but the number of flights to certain destinations might still be limited.

For the latest flight information about Brussels Airport, visit the airport’s website.

Sofia Airport flight information is available here.



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