Brussels Zaventem airport has partially reopened today ( Sunday) with strict new security controls, some twelve days after a substantial part of the passenger building was wrecked by suicide bombers.
The Airport management suggested that just three Brussels Airlines' flights would depart for European destinations. For the next few months air traffic for this major hub and access to the EU buildings will be restricted to just twenty percent.
Zaventem has not handled passenger flights since the attack on its departure hall, the outrage claimed by ISIS the so-called Islamic State terrorist group..
The two co-ordinated attacks on the airport and the nearby Metro station caused 32 people deaths and hundreds seriously injured.
Speaking at a News conference Brussels airport chief executive officer Arnaud Feist said that "from Sunday morning, Brussels Airport should be partially operational".
The first flight will depart in the early afternoon for the Portuguese city of Faro at 13:40 CET. The two other flights later on will be bound for Athens in Greece and Turin, Italy.
Passengers will face a severe new security regime access to the airport by car or taxi - the terminal is still closed to trains and buses.
Under the new security arrangements:
- vehicles and passengers travelling to the temporary departures area will be monitored and screened on the access road
- an additional police checkpoint plus ID and boarding pass checks will take place at the entrance to the temporary departures area. Those not flying will not be allowed in
- passengers will then proceed towards the departure gates, undergoing the more usual access and security controls.
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