2 05 2016

Brussels’ Zaventem airport reopens

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The departure hall at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has partially reopened yesterday, 40 days after multiple suicide attacks hit the airport and a metro train in Brussels. 
Arnaud Feist, head of Brussels Airport, which operates Zaventem said, “We are back to the familiar scene of our passengers in the departure hall.” Travellers were asked to arrive three hours before their flights to allow time for extra police security checks at the entrance to the departure hall. About 400 passengers for only three flights were able to check in on Sunday afternoon in the departure hall, still relatively quiet compared to its usual frantic movement before the attacks.
The flights chosen were from Belgian carriers Brussels Airlines and Jetairfly, TUI Airlines Belgium to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Lisbon. Zaventem Airport was completely closed for 12 days after the attacks and has progressively been restarting operations, though it is not expected to return to full capacity until June. Brussels Zaventem airport is serving 23.5 million passengers per year.

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