Brussels airport partially reopened today

It’s part of a “phased return to normal”

Brussels Airport, reopened, Zaventem, Belgium, terror attacks

Belgian police and soldiers secure the area outside Zaventem Airport in Brussels | Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP/Press Association Images

Brussels Airport partially reopened today, 12 days after it was hit by bomb attacks that killed 16 people.

The first three “symbolic flights” to Athens, Turin and Faro departed this afternoon. Strict new security controls are in place - with passengers being screened before they are allowed into the terminal.

32 people were killed in the attacks by Islamic State suicide bombers at the airport and a metro station in the city in March.

Sky's Europe Correspondent Mark Stone said: “it marks the beginning of what they say will be a phased return to normal and by the summer, the end of June or the beginning of July, the airport will be running normally.”

The Sky reporter said officials have mixed emotions about the day: "They are clearly very, very pleased to be partially reopening this very busy European hub today. It's a difficult time too because of course 16 people were killed here a week last Tuesday in the double suicide bomb."