Brussels airport will partially reopen for passenger flights on Friday evening after its closure following the March 22 bomb attacks, the company running the airport said.
Belgian police, the fire brigade and the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority have been checking the airport, whose departure hall was badly damaged by the two blasts, to see if it was ready to resume service.
“The airport is…technically ready for a restart of passenger flights in the temporary infrastructure foreseen for check-in,” the Brussels Airport Company said in a statement.
The provisional arrangement will allow the airport to receive 800 departing passengers per hour, or 2.5 million departing passengers a year, which is 20 percent of the normal capacity of the airport.
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.