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1st plane takes off from Brussels Airport after March 22 attacks

Passengers travelling to Faro, Portugese city are the first to undergo Brussels airport's strict new security regime after suicide bombings

Press Trust of India  |  Brussels 

A Brussels Airlines plane takes off at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, Belgium.
A Brussels Airlines plane takes off at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, Belgium.

Airlines flight to the Portuguese city of Faro became the first today to take off from since it was hit by Islamic State on March 22.

Staff and government officials at the marked the departure with a minute's silence and a round of applause. The passengers on board were the first to undergo the airport's strict new security regime after the suicide bombings.



The key travel hub has been closed since two men blew themselves up in the departure hall on March 22 in coordinated blasts that also struck a metro station in the Belgian capital, killing a total of 32 people.

The at the heart of Europe shocked the country and many hope the airport's reopening, albeit in a limited capacity and using a tent-like temporary check-in facility, will help turn the page on this month's traumatic events.

chief executive Arnaud Feist yesterday said the partial resumption of services would start with three "symbolic passenger flights" to Faro, Athens and Turin.

First Published: Sun, April 03 2016. 17:57 IST
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