Brussels airport given go ahead to begin re-opening by fire services

Full service should begin to resume in the next few days

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An arrivals and departure board is seen behind blown out windows at Zaventem Airport in Brussels. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP/Press Association Images

Brussels Airport Company has received the go ahead from the fire services and the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) for a partial restart of passenger flights at the airport.

However, the authorities have yet to take a formal decision on the restart date. Until Friday evening no passenger flights will take place at Brussels Airport.

The last few days, Brussels Airport Company, public fire services, the BCAA, Federal Police and Defence have thoroughly been evaluating the large scale trial run of Tuesday.

Brussels Airport Company has been actively handling the action items of this evaluation for which last night the public fire services and BCAA gave their approval for a restart.

The airport is thus technically ready for a restart of passenger flights in the temporary infrastructure foreseen for check-in.

In the past few days a provisional infrastructure that would allow the airport to receive 800 departing passengers per hour, or 2.5 million departing passengers a year was erected.

That's about 20% of the normal capacity at Brussels Airport.

On the other hand, arriving passengers will go through the usual baggage reclaim and arrivals in the terminal.

This zone was only slightly damaged and has since been restored for use.

The final step for the restart is the formal political approval.

In the meantime, it has been decided that there will be no passenger flights until Friday evening.