Alitalia will resume from Friday, 8 April, direct flights between Rome and Brussels, interrupted after the terrorist attacks on 22 March 2016. These flights will replace those to and from Liège, where the Italian Company will continue to fly until tomorrow night. Alitalia will operate two daily flights to the Belgian capital with departures at 8.20 a.m. and at 5.20 p.m. and two from Brussels to Rome departing at 11.25 a.m. and at 6.25 p.m. The Italian Airline recommends passengers departing from Brussels to be at Zaventem airport at least three hours before scheduled departure due to both more rigorous security checks and prolonged time required for check-in procedures. As security measures following the terrorist attacks, the Belgian authorities have also ordered that travelers must access the departure area only by showing their electronic ticket or boarding pass (received via web check-in) in order to prove that they are actually departing from the Zaventem airport. Passengers with traveler documents stating the departure from the Liège airport will not be allowed to access the airport. The check-in for Alitalia flights departing from Brussels will be closed for security reasons one hour prior to departure, instead of the usual 40 minutes.
Alitalia is also working to resume direct services between Milan Linate and Brussels, as soon as the Company will get further flight slots from Belgian aviation authorities. In the meanwhile, travelers between Milan and Brussels will be re-routed via Rome Fiumicino airport. The Company is also rebooking all passengers booked on flights to and from Liege on services to and from Brussels. Alitalia reminds the big operational effort implemented from March 22, aimed at ensuring flight connections between Italy and Belgium by reducing inconvenience to travelers as much as possible and by providing all passengers with the necessary assistance, despite the considerable technical and logistical difficulties caused by the small size and consequent congestion at Liege airport.