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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. 

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