Brussels Airport partially reopens after terror attack

Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has partially reopened to passengers, almost two weeks after a suicide bomber attack killed 16 people. 

Brussels Airport
Brussels Zaventem Airport

The airport will cater to 800 passengers per hour, a fifth the number it managed prior to the attack. Initial routes will consist of Turin, Faro and Athens, and will be operated by Brussels Airlines.

The airport’s CEO, Arnaud Feist, said the partial reopening would play “an important role in our grieving process”.

“Never will we forget this black day,” he told a news conference. “A restart of the operations even only partially as quick as this is a sign of hope.”

Feist added that the airport was working towards a full reopening before the start of the summer holiday period. New security measures, including a vehicle number plate identification system and pre-check-in baggage searches, will be introduced shortly. Armed police and military personnel will also patrol the airport.

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