Hundreds of guests this evening at the inauguration of the “Connector”, the new building between the departure hall and Pier A. Besides His Majesty King Philip of Belgium, I recognised Prime Minister Charles Michel, Federal Ministers De Croo and Galant, Minister President of the Brussels Region Vervoort, Secretary of State Fransen, Flemish Parliament President Peumans, the mayors of Zaventem and Steenokkerzeel (the connector is on both communes) Charleroi Airport CEO Cloquet, financial magnate Baron Albert Frère (his company owns the tax free shops) and many others.
As soon as I entered into the airport, a large screen was displaying the new Connector.
Instead of turning right to take the stairs to the former tunnel, I continued straight ahead to the Connector. And immediately there is the ticket control to let you in and the 15 brand new hand baggage screening lines.
The guests were already busy drinking a welcome cocktail.
And soon the arrival of His Majesty King Philip of Belgium was announced and shown with beamers on the curtains hiding the interior the new building.
And finally the King enters into the building, still hidden by curtains.
Time for the speeches. Each one of the speakers asked to remember the 150 victims of the crash of the Germainwings Airbus A320 that occurred the same morning. A minute of silence was observed.
The King, the President and the CEO of Brussels Airport pressed a button to start the inauguration show.
Royal visit to the new premises and reception
The Connector promises to offer nice views on the tarmac
Opening to travellers Thursday morning at three in the morning! They will enjoy a lot of very nice shops and restaurants.
Copyright (text and photographs) André Orban