Brussels Airport restarts passenger flights, Delta nixes Atlanta-Brussels route


Brussels Airport on Sunday reopened to some passenger flights, one day after Delta announced the suspension of its service between Atlanta and Brussels until March 2017.

Delta cited "the continued uncertainty surrounding the reopening of Brussels Airport and weakening demand" for its decision to suspend the route. The carrier also operates service between Brussels and New York, which it said would resume "once the airport provides clearance for international operations."

Three "symbolic" flights operated by Brussels Airlines on Sunday departed Brussels Airport, the first since two bombs on March 22 killed 17 people around its check-in area. Flights in the following days will be increased until the airport reaches the maximum capacity of its temporary structures and facilities, which is 800 passengers per hour, according to the airport.

"I am very well aware that not every airline can or wants to return to Brussels Airport," airport CEO Arnaud Feist said in a statement.

The airport currently is accessible only by car or taxi, and officials in the coming days "will examine the possibility of restarting other means of transport, such as bus and train."

Source: Business Travel News

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