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Brussels’ Zaventem airport will remain closed until at least Tuesday March 29, following the terrorist attacks on March 22.
At least 31 people were killed in the suicide bombings at the airport’s check-in area and on a train at the Maalbeek Metro Station in the city centre.
The airport's most recent statement (March 28) said: "Brussels Airport has made an extensive analysis of the terminal infrastructure and of the various possible scenarios for a partial recommencement of its activities. When this partial restart will take place is not yet decided. That depends on the various processes that have to be restarted. The simple fact is that a restart in the short term is not possible in the devastated infrastructure."
Most airlines have cancelled flights to Brussels although Easyjet has switched its Brussels flights to Lille in northern France.
The explosions in the airport, which killed at least 11 people, caused severe damage to the departures hall. Terrorist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings.
Eurostar has asked for all passengers to allow one hour to check in for train services because of enhanced security checks at stations.
Security has also been stepped up at UK airports although this is seen as a precaution rather than in response to a specific threat.
The Foreign Office (FCO) is urging UK visitors to Brussels to “remain vigilant and follow the instructions of the Belgian authorities”.
While public transport services in the Belgian capital have resumed, this network “may be subject to disruption” due to the ongoing police operation.
“The Belgian threat level is Level 4 – a serious and imminent threat. You should remain alert and vigilant, stay away from crowded places, and follow the instructions of the Belgian authorities,” said the FCO in its travel advisory.
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