Brussels Airport to resume few services on Wednesday, will take months to reopen completely
Brussels Airport could 'at best' resume very limited services tomorrow but it will take months to get back to normal after two suicide bombers destroyed the departure terminal, chief executive Arnaud Feist said.
Brussels: Brussels Airport could "at best" resume very limited services on Wednesday but it will take months to get back to normal after two suicide bombers destroyed the departure terminal, chief executive Arnaud Feist said.
The airport is running a series of tests to see if makeshift check-in facilities are good enough to restart some flights and that repair work and new security measures are adequate after the deadly 22 March attacks.
Feist told L'Echo in an interview published on Tuesday that everything depends on the outcome of the tests at Zaventem, with some 800 airport staff going through the temporary facilities.
"In principle, if everybody gives the green light, we would be near a solution. If that is the case and the airlines are ready and agree, we could get going again on Wednesday," he said.
"I must stress, however, that that is just hypothetical," he added.
Brussels is a major European hub and has flights to destinations worldwide.
Even if some services are possible, they would amount to about only 20 per cent of normal, that is handling about 800-1,000 passengers an hour, Feist said.
For a full return to normal, "we will have to wait for months," Feist added.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the departure hall on 22 March, wrecking the concourse, and shortly afterwards another bomber hit the Brussels metro, leaving 35 people dead in Belgium's scarring terror attack.
In an effort to keep at least some services going, airlines moved operations to regional airports or even to
neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands and Germany.
Belgian police investigating the Brussels Airport and metro attacks have arrested a man in connection with "terrorist murders", the federal prosecutor said Friday.
Belgian federal prosecutors on Monday said three more people have been ordered held on charges of participating in terrorist activities in Brussels airport attack.
Brussels Airport reopens today with three "symbolic" flights and strict additional security checks for passengers