Last updated: 01:15 PM ET, Wed March 30 2016

Brussels Airport CEO Says It Will Take Months to Reopen Fully

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 30, 2016

Brussels Airport CEO Says It Will Take Months to Reopen Fully

PHOTO: Brussels Airport remains closed following a terrorist bombing. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist revealed Wednesday that it will take months to reopen the facility fully following the terrorist attacks last week.

According to, Feist said that the airport would remain closed Wednesday despite hopes that partial service could resume at the facility. The CEO went on to say that the airport had to be rebuilt “from the air conditioning to the check-in desks.”

The suicide attacks killed 32 people and left another 96 still hospitalized following the blasts inside Brussels Airport.

On Monday, around 800 airport employees were asked to return to work to test temporary structures and enhanced security measures in the hopes of eventually opening the facility again to resume partial service.

Before Brussels Airport can open once again, government officials must approve the temporary security and check-in areas. Instead of serving 5,000 passengers per hour, though, officials are just hoping to start serving 800 to 1,000 passengers per hour.

Feist released a statement to, saying, “The provisional structure will not be able to absorb the usual number we had before the attacks. Although the structure of the building is intact, it will all have to be rebuilt, from the air conditioning to the check-in desks. And that will take months.”


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