Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BRU remains closed March 30

Brussels Zaventem airport (BRU) remains closed Wednesday, March 30.

The airport made the announcement via its Twitter feed at approximately 9 a.m., Brussels time, echoing comments made by airport CEO Arnaud Feist on Tuesday.

Airport officials have been working toward a partial reopening ever since engineers determined that the airport's buildings were structurally sound.

“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,” officials said in a communiqué issued late on Sunday, March 27. “When this partial restart will take place … 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. “

Airport officials began erecting temporary constructions on March 24 and hundreds of airport employees returned to the airport on Tuesday to take part in a large-scale test of the temporary facilities. The airport also designed additional security measures that will be implemented at all Belgian airports on the orders of the government.

Overall, the temporary plans must meet three criteria. The temporary constructions must satisfy all construction and fire safety regulations, the various passengers flows must be tested in real time to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and government authorities must give their approval to the security system that is being implemented>

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