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4/2/16

Brussels Airport to partially reopen after bombings - by Katie Forster

Passenger flights could take off again from Brussels Airport on Friday for the first time since two deadly bomb attacks hit the check-in area on 22 March.

Despite widespread damage caused by the blasts, Zaventem is now ready to run a service at 20% of normal capacity, said the company who runs the airport in a statement.

The fire service and aviation authorities have given the airport the all-clear to partially reopen less than two weeks after attacks on the Belgian capital, which killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds at the airport and Maelbeek Metro station.

All that remains is for formal political approval to be given and passenger flights could restart as soon as Friday evening. A temporary check-in zone will allow 800 departing passengers an hour to pass through the airport as permanent structures are rebuilt.

But it would take ‘months’ before the airport is able to fully reopen, the airport CEO Arnaud Feist has said.
Passengers arriving in Belgium will be able to use existing arrivals and baggage reclaim facilities, which were not damaged in the attacks.

Note EU-Digest: Security scanners must be installed at the entrances to all European airports 

 Read more: Belgium: Brussels Airport to partially reopen after bombings | Europe | News | The Independent

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