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Brussels Airlines Says Airport Shutdown Costs it $5 mln a Day

Both the expenses from rerouting passenger traffic and lost revenues are weighing on the bottom line, a Brussels Airways spokesman said
By The News · 29 of March 2016 09:05:11
A Brussels Airlines aircraft takes off at Zaventem airport after the attacks last week in Brussels, A Brussels Airlines aircraft takes off at Zaventem airport after the attacks last week in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2016. , No available

FRANKFURT — Belgium’s Brussels Airways, 45-percent owned by Deutsche Lufthansa, is chalking up 5 million euros ($5.6 million) in daily costs from the closure of its Brussels hub after last week’s attacks.

A Belgian police officer and a soldier approach a car along a road leading to Zaventem airport after the attacks last week in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

A Belgian police officer and a soldier approach a car along a road leading to Zaventem airport after the attacks last week in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Both the expenses from rerouting passenger traffic and lost revenues are weighing on the bottom line, a Brussels Airways spokesman said.

Belgium’s regional airports in Antwerp and Liege offer only limited short-haul capacity as an alternative, he said.

Brussels airport on Tuesday began trying out a make-shift check-in area that could allow a limited restart of passenger flights in the coming days to end the airport’s shutdown after suicide bombers struck Belgium’s capital a week ago.

Brussels Airlines last week restarted some commercial flights from Belgium via Liege and Antwerp.