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Departure hall 'severely damaged' by Brussels blasts

Brussels Airport

The departure hall at Brussels Airport was “severely damaged” by the terrorist attacks in the city yesterday, the airport has said.

A statement this lunchtime said the airport would remain closed throughout Wednesday and Thursday following explosions on Tuesday.

Forensic investigations are continuing following the blasts, which killed several people although no official numbers have been released.

“Because the forensic investigation is still underway, we currently have no access to the building,” said the airport on Wednesday lunchtime. “Until we can assess the damage, it remains unclear when we can resume operations.”

Airport chief executive Arnaud Feist said yesterday: “On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like to extend our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these cowardly and heinous acts.

“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the emergency and rescue services, passengers and staff for their compassion, solidarity and help. This is without doubt the blackest day in the history of Brussels Airport.”


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