Brussels ‘terrorist’ attack: Latest London to Belgium Eurostar and flight information
PUBLISHED: 08:43 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 22 March 2016
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All Eurostar trains from London St Pancras to Brussels have been cancelled the company said this morning after several suspected terrorist attacks.
Services continued to run in the immediate aftermath of the explosions and gunfire but as of 9.15am have been postponed.
The Eurostar twitter account tweeted: “UPDATE: No trains are currently running to or from Brussels Midi. Brussels customers are advised to postpone, and not come to station.”
London airports have stepped up security following the shocking incidents this morning.
Gatwick Airport tweeted: “As a result of the terrible incidents in Brussels, there will be increased police and security patrols in and around Gatwick Airport.”
Heathrow Airport told passengers to check with their airline before trying to travel.
Neither Stansted or London City Airport have direct flights to Brussels.
The entire public transport system is Brussels has ben put down in lockdown following explosions in the city centre and at the Belgium capital’s airport.
RT news say at least 17 people have been killed and many more injured in the deadly blasts.
It’s thought two explosions ripped through the airport building.
Another blast was reported near the entrance to the Maelbeek subway station, not far from the headquarters of the European Union. Rescue workers set up a makeshift treatment centre in a local pub.
All flights have been cancelled to Brussels Airport; arriving planes are being diverted and Belgium’s terror alert level has been raised to maximum. Security was also tightened at all Paris airports.
Zach Mouzoun, who arrived on a flight from Geneva about 10 minutes before the first blast, told BFM television that the second, louder explosion brought down ceilings and ruptured pipes, mixing water with blood from victims.
“It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed,” he said. “There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere.”
“We were walking in the debris. It was a war scene,” he added.
Dazed and shocked morning travellers streamed from the metro entrances as police tried to set up a security cordon.
“The metro was leaving Maelbeek station when there was a really loud explosion,” said Alexandre Brans, 32, wiping blood from his face. “It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro.”
First responders ran through the street outside with two people on stretchers, their clothes badly torn.
Another image showed a security officer patrolling inside a hall with blown-out panelling and what appeared to be ceiling insulation covering the floor.
With three runways in the shape of a “Z,” the airport connects the EU capital to 226 destinations around the world and handled nearly 23.5 million passengers in 2015.
The suspected terror attack came as Brussels was on the highest level of alert following the arrest of Paris atrocity suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.
Belgian authorities have opened this emergency number: +32 2 506 711.
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