Home  |  News  |  Photo  |  Video   |  Travel  |  Learn Chinese  |  Opinions  |  EZFM  |  NEWS Plus  |  CHINA PLUS
Passengers Check-in for First Three Flights in Belgium's Main Airport after Terror Attacks
   2016-04-04 09:48:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

Passengers walk to receive security check at Zaventem International Airport in Brussels, Belgium, April 3, 2016. The airport reopened on Sunday with only three flights within Schengen zone, it plans to be back up to 20 percent of capacity by Monday. [Photo: Xinhua]

Passengers have checked-in for the first 3 scheduled flights to leave Belgium's Zaventem airport in Brussels, since the deadly terror attack happened nearly 2 weeks ago.

The first flight departed for Faro in Portugal with over 60 passengers, while the other two left for Turin and Athens.

Boarding information was set up inside a temporary departure hall where passengers deposited baggage instead of using the blast-damaged terminal.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, said it's a very emotional moment for many airport staff, and the partial reopening could be regarded as a sign of hope.

"We've all worked day and night, literally day and night, over the last 12 days to make this moment possible so I think it's very important. There are only three flights today, it's just very symbolic flights, and as from tomorrow we'll have more flights and in the next few days we'll go up to 20 percent of our normal capacity and that's basically the maximum we can have in the temporary structure that we have built."

The airport will serve a far wider range of destinations on Monday, including one plane also due out to New York and 2 more to some African cities.

Passengers have been urged to arrive 3 hours before their flights, and to come by car, since security measures have been tightened, and the normal train and bus services still remains shut.

Suicide bomb terror attackers stormed the main airport of Belgium, as well as a metro train station on March 22, leaving 32 people dead. 

1  2  3  4  5  
CRI Interview with Former Australian Foreign Minister
At the 5th World Peace Forum, CRI had an exclusive interview with Bob Carr, Former Australian Foreign Minister.
Along the Silk Road: Haji Fida Hussain--Pakistani Export Tycoon
Pakistani businessman Haji is exporting Chinese goods all over the world.



CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

The Sound Stage
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Photo Gallery
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ