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Brussels airport remains closed

Posted on 30 March 2016 by admin

BRUSSELS – Brussels airport said it will remain closed on Wednesday, dashing hopes it would resume at least partial services after last week’s deadly suicide bomb attacks.

Soldiers control access to Brussels airport on Marchಝ, 2016

“The airport will also be closed for passenger flights into and out of Brussels Airport tomorrow Wednesday 30 March,” the airport said on Twitter after the authorities tested temporary check-in facilities and new security measures on Tuesday.

Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said the decision had not been determined by the results of of the tests completed late afternoon.

“It was not a consequence of the simulation,” Fransen said.

“The different parties are each examining all the tests and the results will only be known tomorrow morning,” she added.

“We hope to reach a decision on a partial re-opening of the airport in the course of the morning.”

Brussels airport is a major European hub and has flights to destinations worldwide. The departure hall was packed on March 22 with Easter holiday-makers when the bombers struck.

Chief executive Arnaud Feist warned earlier Tuesday that even if all the tests went well, “at best” about 20 percent of services might be restored on Wednesday.

For a full return to normal, “we will have to wait for months,” Feist told L’Echo daily.

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