Brussels Airport has said it won’t be able to resume operations as early as expected because of the ‘devastated’ infrastructure.
It is now a week since the airport and metro was targeted by terrorists in a horrific attack which killed 35 people and injured many more. The airport had initially hoped to resume activities today.
A statement from the airport said: “In the past few days, Brussels Airport has made an extensive analysis of the terminal infrastructure and of the various possible scenarios for a partial recommencement of its activities. When this partial restart will take place is not yet decided. That depends on the various processes that have to be restarted. The simple fact is that a restart in the short term is not possible in the devastated infrastructure.”
Temporary constructions have already been put up at the airport with the hope of resuming flights in and out.
Today a major test is being undertaken whereby 800 airport staff will try out the temporary check-in arrangements and infrastructure, including heightened security measures.
After the test it is hoped the government will give their approval to the security system and partial resumption of activities.
Last week analysis from engineers showed that both main building and the Connector building where hand luggage and passengers are checked, were stable.