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A Look Inside The Devastation At Brussels' Airport

It will "take months" for the airport to return to normal, Brussels Airport Company's CEO said.

30/03/2016 8:57 AM AEDT | Updated 30/03/2016 9:10 AM AEDT
Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
Newly released images show the damage to Brussels' international airport a day after the March 22 terrorist attacks.

Newly released photos of Brussels Airport taken a day after last week's deadly suicide attacks show the horrifying aftermath of terrorism.

On March 22, assailants linked to the self-styled Islamic State, also known as ISIS, carried out a series of bombings in the airport and at a metro station in the Belgian capital, killing at least 32 people and injuring over 200 more.

Images published on Tuesday by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad show broken glass, abandoned suitcases and luggage carts scattered around the airport, offering a glimpse of the desperate situation people faced as terror struck.

Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
It will take months for the airport to return to normal, Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist told Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

One week after the tragedy, Brussels Airport began to test its operations in hopes of resuming flights. Tests included running a makeshift check-in area, inspecting security and fire procedures and handling suitcases, according to Reuters. About 800 airport staff members took part in the drill, The Guardian reported.

If security requirements are met, the airport should be able to offer limited services starting Wednesday afternoon, but will only be able to accommodate 800 people an hour -- as opposed to 5,000 people an hour before the attacks, a spokesperson for Brussels Airport Company told Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir.

"Although the structure of the building is intact, it will all have to be rebuilt, from the air conditioning to the check-in desks. And that will take months," said Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist, according to the BBC.

"The priority is safety," Feist told Le Soir.

See more photos from Brussels Airport below.

  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
  • Het Nieuwsblad via Reuters
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