Brussels Airport To Reopen After Security Row

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 1:23 AM

Police unions declare concerns over the screening of passengers and baggage have been resolved after high-level government talks.

Brussels Airport To Reopen After Security Row

Brussels Airport could finally reopen on Sun after police and the Belgian government resolved a dispute over security.

The hub at Zaventem has been closed since the terror attacks on twenty-second March.

Two bombs in the departures hall, and another at a Metro station, killed thirty-five people and wounded scores of others. 

Police unions had been demanding tighter screening of passengers and baggage – threatening to strike if their demands were not met.

The airport authorities had said they were prepared to restart flights on Friday, after a temporary check-in zone was put up. 

But the federal police, whose officers work at the airport, insisted that passengers were checked exterior the new departure area.

Airport managers said that'd lead to longer waits, and simply move any security threat from interior to outside. 

But following the talks, unions said their key demands had been met.

"We've reached agreement with the prime minister and the interior minister," said January Adam, from the ACV Politie union.

There have been economic concerns too. 

The country’s largest carrier, Brussels Airlines, estimates the airport’s closure is costing it five million euros a day.

The capital’s hotel operators declare that overnight stays dropped by more than half in the days immediately following the terror attacks.

"The outlook is horrible but it depends on the complete reopening of the airport," a spokesman for the Brussels Hotel Association said.

When the Brussels hub – one of the largest airports in Europe – does reopen, it's expected to running at just twenty percent capacity, with around eight hundred passengers departing each hour. 

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