Brussels attacks: Airport set to reopen today
Brussels Airport is to reopen on Sunday for the first time since suicide bombers struck on 22 March. There will be flights to Faro, Turin and Athens — but passengers will be dropped off at the car parks before being taken to check in. Speaking at a news conference, CEO of Brussels Airport Company Arnaud Feist said passengers will also have to go through metal detectors in addition to other security measures. He said special arrangements have been made to check in luggage and access to the airport will only be by car or taxi. Arriving passengers will be able to collect their luggage as normal.
The airport will fully reopen by the end of June or early July, he added. “I am extremely grateful to all airport staff, federal police and the federal government for their efforts and commitment. These flights are the first hopeful sign from an airport that is standing up straight after a cowardly attack.” He further said: “On Sunday April 3, for the first time since the bomb attacks on Brussels Airport, three symbolic passenger flights will depart. In the days following, the number of flights will be gradually increased and passenger flights will also land at Brussels Airport.”