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Friday 25 of September 2020

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


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

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.