Brussels airport reopens Sunday, limited number of flights

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The head of Brussels Airport says a limited number of passenger flights are planned to resume Sunday.

CEO Arnaud Feist made the announcement Saturday in a news conference at a hotel near the airport. He said the first service on Sunday should be three flights operated by Brussels Airlines, Belgium's leading carrier, to Faro in Portugal, Turin in Italy and Athens.

The airport has been closed since the March 22 suicide bombings that killed 16 victims at the airport and another 16 in the Brussels subway and wounded 270 people.

Feist says the country has just lived through "the darkest days in the history of aviation in Belgium."

 
A Belgian Federal Police spokesman says reinforced security measures will be in effect when limited passenger service goes into effect Sunday at Brussels Airport.

Police spokesman Michael Jonniaux says Saturday that the new security measures will include spot checks of vehicles arriving at the airport, and new controls on people and baggage before they are allowed to enter the airport terminal.

He says both people and baggage will be scanned before they can go into the building. He also says travelers' IDs and travel documents will also be checked to make sure they match.

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The head of Brussels Airport says he hopes full passenger service will be restored by the end of June or beginning of July in time for the summer vacation season.

CEO Arnaud Feist, speaking Saturday at a news conference, says extremely limited passenger service is expected to begin Sunday with three flights by Brussels Airlines, Belgium's leading carrier.

Feist called it "a sign of hope" that service will be restored so quickly after the devastating bombings claimed by the Islamic State group.

The airport, which usually handled about 600 flights a day, served about 1.5 million people in February, the month preceding the attack.

 

 

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