“Brussels is back in business. Welcome to Brussels Airport”, Prime Minister Charles Michel stated at the partial reopening of the departure lounge at Zaventem Airport on Sunday. Zaventem was the target of an attack on the 22nd of March.
During a short reopening ceremony, Charles Michel complimented the resilience and resistance of the airport community, and, by extension, the whole Belgian population. “We were hit hard, but we are back. This departure lounge is the proof”, the Prime Minister said.
He said the determination to get the building operational again 40 days after the attacks was “the best response to terrorism”. The Prime Minister also spoke about the events on the 22nd of March. “Thirty-two people died, 340 other were injured, and thousands of people that were present have been left traumatised. This is a devastating attack on the country and democracy”.
But the wave of solidarity following the “revolting, cowardly, and monstrous” attacks showed “that the country can stand up to barbarism”. The ceremony took place in the presence of members of the government, Chamber Presidents and members of the Senate, as well as several mayors.