Belgian economy suffers as devastated airport struggles to reopen

Tents where authorities are running a series of tests are pictured at the Brussels Airport on March 29, 2016 in ZaventemMore than a week after its departure hall was wrecked in twin suicide blasts, Brussels airport remains closed, wreaking havoc on the aviation industry and hurting the Belgian economy. Under pressure to find a solution, government officials, Brussels Airport and union representatives were on Friday locked in tense negotiations. Brussels Airport, which claims it contributes some three billion euros ($3.4 billion) annually to the Belgian economy, has not released any figures on the economic cost of the attacks, but the ripple effects are being felt far and wide.

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