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VOA: First Flight Leaves Brussels Airport Since Attacks

The first passenger flight took off from the airport in Brussels where suicide bombers carried out a deadly attack nearly two weeks ago.

The blasts there and at a nearby metro station killed 32 people and destroyed the airport’s departure area.

A Brussels Airlines plane heading to the Portuguese city of Faro was the first of three flights scheduled to leave the airport Sunday evening. The airport is calling them “symbolic flights” with more to be added in the coming days.

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