Brussels Airlines says airport shutdown costs it 5 million euros a day


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  • Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Belgium's Brussels Airways, 45-percent owned by Deutsche Lufthansa , is chalking up 5 million euros (4 million pound) in daily costs from the closure of its Brussels hub after last week's attacks.

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.

(Reporting by Peter Maushagen; Writing by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Georgina Prodhan)

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