Brussels airport explosion
Brussels airport explosion

On March 22, two attackers blew themselves up in the departure hall of the Brussels Zaventem airport, while a third set off an explosion at a subway station near the city’s headquarters for the European Union’s main institutions.

Brussels airport explosion
Brussels airport explosion

Another bomb later exploded at the airport, once bomb disposal experts were on the scene. Nobody was injured in that blast. The Belgian police has since been on the hunt for an attacker who fled the scene.

Following the attacks, a temporary check-in area has been set up at the airport. It underwent extensive safety testing and passenger simulations earlier this week.

The fire services and the Belgian civil aviation authority gave their approval for a restart late Wednesday, the airport operator said in a statement.

“The airport is thus technically ready for a restart of passenger flights in the temporary infrastructure foreseen for check-in,” it added.

The provisional infrastructure can only handle about 20 per cent of the airport’s regular volume, or about 800 departing passengers per hour, the operator said.

Nothing will change for arriving passengers, it added, as the baggage reclaim and arrivals area were only slightly damaged and have since been restored.

The operator said it is now awaiting political approval for the airport to reopen, noting that there will be no passenger flights before Friday evening.

Source: GNA

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