Two blasts occurred in the departures area of Zaventem airport followed by an explosion at Maelbeek metro station in an attack that left many killed or seriously injured. ABTA has issued the following statement in advice to travellers in the region:
“Following explosions in Brussels on March 22, travellers in Brussels are advised to follow the instructions of Belgian security authorities. People who are due to travel should contact their airline or travel company for information about travel to and from Brussels.
“Belgium is at threat level 3, indicating a possible and real threat. Just as in the UK where the terrorism threat level is severe, travellers should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there is a high concentration of people, as advised by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). The FCO also recommends that travellers should follow the advice of local authorities and respect security controls and that people in Brussels should stay away from crowded places and avoid public transport at this time. Belgium is a popular destination for UK visitors, though March is one of the quieter months for leisure travel.”