First passenger flight takes off from Brussels Airport since 22 March attacks

April 3, 2016

1stflgihtUnder a clear blue sky, the first passenger flight since the attacks of 22 March took off from Brussels Airport on Sunday.

Before taking off, the Brussels Airlines plane to Faro first taxied past an honour guard formed by the emergency services in memory of the victims of the attacks.

The restart of passenger traffic was an important symbolic moment for the airport, which was marked by a low-key ceremony which was attended by Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant and Defence Minister Steven Vandeput and representatives of the major companies at the airport including Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly and Belgocontrol.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, ended his speech with these words: 'We are back'. 

In total six flights were operated on Sunday: three return flights to Faro, Athens and Turin with 230 outbound en 250 inbound passengers.

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