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Brussels Airport to stay closed for second day

Airport staff say a decision on when it will reopen will take place later this afternoon
23/03/2016

Pictured: Two explosions at Brussels Airport killed a reported 14 people on Tuesday

Brussels Airport has grounded all flights for a second day, after 14 people were killed by suicide bombers in a series of terror attacks.


Airport management say they will assess when operations can resume later today, with forensic police still on site scouring through debris for evidence.


The airport said on its Facebook page: "Following the attacks, there will be no flights into and out of Brussels Airport today. As soon as we have access to the terminal building, we can assess the damage. Later today we will assess when the operations can be resumed. Passengers are requested to contact their airline for further instructions."


The airport and main transport hubs went into lockdown after the attacks, which killed a total of 34 people in the Belgium capital yesterday morning. A third explosion took place on an underground train near Maelbeek.


Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) also issued a statement on the attacks, saying its members were "deeply saddened" and continuous updates would be posted on its blog.


Meanwhile, Eurostar says services from Wednesday have returned to normal. It advises passengers to allow one hour to check in due to increased security checks.

Conferences planned for the Belgian capital this week are among events to have been cancelled. Publishing company Crain Communications postponed the two-day Plastics Recycling Show Europe, scheduled to take place at Brussels Expo. 


Another event due to take place at the Brussels Expo this week, the Infosecurity.be, Storage Expo and The Tooling Event, which was due to have 150 exhibitors, has also been postponed to a date yet to be confirmed.


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