After the tragic terrorist attack in March, the Brussels Airport departures hall has officially reopened after the damaged caused by the attack.
A spokes person for the Airport said that the reopening was “an important symbol of the recovery of our country.”
“This is a very important day for Brussels Airport. We’re 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,” said Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, at the Airport’s opening ceremony.
Around 400 passengers for Malaga, Lisbon and Palma de Mallorca checked in at the reopened departures hall during the reopening ceremony. Some damage still remains in the hall remains but the airport operator hopes to be able to receive all passengers before the start of the summer holiday season.
Although the departure hall has reopened, the threat of additional terror attacks has not left travellers minds nor the airports as additional security measures remain in force. Due to the additional security measure, travellers have been advised to arrive three hours before departure time and to travel light if travelling to or through the airport.
Brussels Airlines have been operating their normal schedule from George Best Belfast City Airport to Brussels for some time now.
Speaking as someone who has travelled to this airport holding a soft spot for Belgium, I am delighted the airport has reopened not only for the country but for all travellers.