This Article is From May 01, 2016

Brussels Airport Departure Hall Reopens After Deadly Bombings

Brussels Airport Departure Hall Reopens After Deadly Bombings

A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows the shattered glass facade of the departure hall of Brussels Airport in Zaventem following twin blasts. (AFP Photo)

BRUSSELS: Brussels airport is partially reopening its departure hall today, about six weeks after ISIS suicide bombers killed 16 people there in blasts that gutted parts of the building.

The two attackers detonated suitcase bombs in the departure hall on March 22, before a third bomber blew himself up on a metro train in the city. In all, they killed 32 people.

From Monday, 111 check-in counters will be open in the airport departure hall and another 36 in a temporary buildings, according to the airport management company. This brings departure passenger capacity to at least 80 per cent of that before the attacks, it said.

"The reopening is an important moment for the entire airport community and Belgium," said Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

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