The opening of Brussels airport’s “Connector” building touched by the Germanwings plane crash
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Tuesday evening’s opening of the new “Connector” building at Brussels airport was used to pay hommage to the 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash. The crash happened a few hours before, in the south of France. King Philippe, Prime Minister Charles Michel and around 500 guests were present for the opening. The brand new building has opened after 2 years of building work. There was a minute’s silence for the victims and their families.
The President of the Brussels Airport Company administration council, Marc Descheemaecker, and the airport CEO, Arnaud Feist, both talked about the tragic accident that morning in their speeches. “What should have been a celebration has become a hommage. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as our Germanwings and Lufthansa (parent company of Germanwings) colleagues”, said Mr Feist.
The Prime Minister, Charles Michel, also began his speech by expressing the government and Belgian population’s support for “the victims of this tragic accident”. The Prime Minister also said he was in contact with his French, German and Spanish counterparts, and that Belgium had offered its help.