Brussels Attacks: First Flight Leaves Airport Since Bombing

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 5:10 PM

Belgium'south main airport hadn't handled passenger flights since the twin bombings and a separate blast on a metro train in the capital killed more than thirty people and injured two hundred seventy others.

Brussels Attacks: First Flight Leaves Airport Since Bombing

Brussels airport reopened to a thinly stream of passengers on Sunday, twelve days after suicide bombers destroyed its departure corridor and killed sixteen people.

Belgium'south main airport hadn't handled passenger flights since the twin bombings and a separate blast on a metro train in the capital killed more than thirty people and injured two hundred seventy others.

The first of three scheduled flights departed for Faro in Portugal just after 1:40 p. m. local time (7:40 a. m. ET), with only about 60-70 passengers. Planes were also scheduled to go to Turin and Athens later in the day, with three return flights set for the evening.

The first passengers for nearly two weeks fed into a vast temporary marquee housing security controls and check-in facilities. Arnaud Feist, the airport'south chief executive, said Sun would be an emotional day for many airport staff, but described the partial reopening as a sign of hope.

On Monday, the airport will serve a distant wider range of destinations, including one plane also due out to NY and two more to cities in Cameroon, Gambia and Senegal.

Many flights have been rerouted to Belgium'south regional airports or other nearby hubs such as Amsterdam and Paris, with high-speed trains to and from Brussels packed.

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