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Government meets on reopening Brussels airport

  • Belgian police and soldiers secure the area outside Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Tuesday, Airport authorities inspected the construction and fire safety of the temporary constructions and airport staff tested the temporary arrangements and infrastructure for the check-in procedure.  (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Belgian police and soldiers secure the area outside Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Tuesday, Airport authorities inspected the construction and fire safety of the temporary constructions and airport staff tested the temporary arrangements and infrastructure for the check-in procedure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brussels Grand Rabbi, Albert Guigui, right, together with other religious leaders attend a ceremony organized by the Belgian Muslim Executive at a memorial site for the victims of the Brussels attacks at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, April 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Brussels Grand Rabbi, Albert Guigui, right, together with other religious leaders attend a ceremony organized by the Belgian Muslim Executive at a memorial site for the victims of the Brussels attacks at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, April 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chairman of the Belgian Muslim Executive Salah Echallaoui, 2nd left, Brussels Grand Rabbi, Albert Guigui, center, together with other religious leaders attend a ceremony organized by the Belgian Muslim Executive at a memorial site for the victims of the Brussels attacks at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, April 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Chairman of the Belgian Muslim Executive Salah Echallaoui, 2nd left, Brussels Grand Rabbi, Albert Guigui, center, together with other religious leaders attend a ceremony organized by the Belgian Muslim Executive at a memorial site for the victims of the Brussels attacks at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, April 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

Belgium's prime minister and key members of the government are meeting to discuss when to reopen Brussels Airport after it was targeted by suicide bombers last week.

As a meeting of the government Security Council took place Friday, Belgian police unions demanded tighter screening of passengers and baggage before they are allowed into the airport.

The unions threatened not to go back to work until the additional security measures they demand are implemented.

The airport and a Brussels subway train were targeted by suicide bombers March 22 in an attack that killed 32. Three suicide bombers also died.

Airport chief Arnaud Feist told RTBF state broadcasting that temporary repairs now completed will permit the processing of 800 passengers an hour, about 20 percent of the airport's original capacity.