Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist gives a press conference regarding the reopening of Brussels Airport on April 2, 2016 in Zaventem. / AFP / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK
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Brussels Airport was to reopen Sunday with three "symbolic" flights and strict additional checks for passengers, marking a new high-security era for air travel in Belgium after attacks by ISIS suicide bombers.The key travel hub has been closed since two men blew themselves up in the departure hall on March 22 in coordinated blasts that also struck a metro station in the Belgian capital, killing a total of 32 people.The airport will initially only be accessible by car.The number of flights will be stepped up gradually, although the airport will be only be able to work at 20 percent capacity using the temporary facilities, handling 800 to 1,000 passengers an hour.The closure of Zaventem airport has wreaked havoc on the travel industry, triggering a drop in tourist arrivals and forcing thousands of passengers to be rerouted to other airports in and around Belgium.With 260 companies on-site employing some 20,000 staff overall, the airport is one of the country's largest employers.
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