Brussels Airport reopens departure hall

Travel News 03 May 2016

Brussels Airport in Belgium has reopened its departures lounge, allowing passengers to check in 40 days after the bombings on 22 March.

The reopening was celebrated with a short ceremony, which was attended by national representatives, as well as airport and emergency service employees.

Quoting from Airport Technology, Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist said: "This is a very important day for Brussels Airport.

"We are again seeing the familiar image of passengers in our departures hall, a big step towards the return to normal activities at the airport which will give a boost to the economy of the entire nation.

About 400 passengers travelling to Lisbon, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca checked in at the departures hall during the opening ceremony.

Though the damages caused by the attacks have not yet been completely repaired, the airport aims to make the hall fully operational before the start of summer.

A total of 111 check-in desks have opened in the departures hall, along with 36 desks in temporary constructions.