In a recent press release by Air Brussels UK Sales team, the airline has laid out instructions for travelers booking flights to Abidjan or from the country as the country faces crises.
Air Brussels states that due to the unstable political situation in Abidjan Ivory Coast Brussels Airlines will allow some flexibility in its terms and conditions for the affected passengers. Although ticketed refund rules apply but passengers holding restricted change tickets can rebook free of charge, provided in same ticketed booking class for travel up to and no later than 31March 2011.
The airline further states that this flexibility can be availed by passengers in the following situation:
Passengers holding an unused ticket for departure to Abidjan on/after 30th Dec 2010 and on/before 31st Jan 2011
Passengers holding a partially used ticket with return travel to Abidjan on/after 30th Dec 2010 and on/before 31st Jan 2011. In this case the maximum stay may be disregarded.
Both options should only apply to changes made before the original date of travel and are not valid for passengers who were NO SHOW.
In case of NO SHOW passengers the original conditions of the ticket remain applicable (for both rebooking and refund)
Further, according to the latest travel advice by Foreign and Common Wealth Office (FCO),
“In view of the tense and highly uncertain security environment following the disputed Presidential election on 28 November, we advise against all travel to Cote d’Ivoire. Due to the threat of widespread instability and violence in Abidjan and other major cities, British nationals are advised to leave Cote d’Ivoire by commercial means, if safe to do so.”