Brussels Airport departure hall reopens first time since attack

The airport had already resumed some flights but passengers had been using a temporary check-in tent because of extensive damage to the departure hall from the twin suicide bombings that killed 16 people.

By: Agencies | Brussels | Updated: May 1, 2016 8:09 pm
Brussels Airport, Zaventem airport, Belgium attack, brussels attack, brussels airport attack, brussels airport reopen, brussels news, belgium news, world news Passengers on select flights will start using the newly repaired departure hall Sunday after a special ceremony. Extra security checks have been added before entering the terminal. (Source: AP)

The Brussels Airport is reopening its departure hall for the first time since deadly Islamic extremist attacks on March 22.

The airport had already resumed some flights but passengers had been using a temporary check-in tent because of extensive damage to the departure hall from the twin suicide bombings that killed 16 people.

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Passengers on select flights will start using the newly repaired departure hall Sunday after a special ceremony. Extra security checks have been added before entering the terminal.

Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist called it “an important day in the recovery” of the airport and in efforts to revive the city’s image.

From Monday, 111 check-in counters will be open in the airport departure hall and another 36 in a temporary buildings, according to the airport management company. This brings departure passenger capacity to at least 80 percent of that before the attacks, it said.

The March 22 attacks at the airport and Brussels’ subway killed 32 people. Feist hoped the airport would be back at 100 percent capacity by mid-June.

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