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Vienna airport tightens security after Brussels attack

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Vienna airport tightens security after Brussels attack
Passengers are evacuated from Brussel's Zaventem airport. Photo: EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE
11:02 CET+01:00
Additional police checks have been introduced at Vienna International airport following attacks at an airport and a metro station in Brussels this morning.

A spokesman for said the airport confirmed to the Local Austria that they are intensively monitoring the situation and are in close contact with local police and security authorities.

Spokesman Peter Kleemann said: “We are in close contact with authorities and the security activity in the airport is high as usual, as it always is. The status right now is that there are additional controls at the check in by the police.”

Information about the explosions at Brussel's Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station, close to many EU institutions, is still emerging, although a Belgian prosecutor has confirmed that the blasts at the airport were likely to be suicide bombings. Some reports in Belgian media suggest at least 13 people have been killed.

The airport has cancelled all flights between Vienna and Brussels for today and they recommend all passengers check additional information regarding their flights with their airline. One Austrian Airline flight that was already in the air when the attack happened, was diverted.

Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level, and many airports around Europe have also been put on high alert.

In Paris authorities immediately raised the terror alert at the city's airports and reinforced security. There was also an alert at Gare du Nord station in Paris, where trains depart to Brussels and London, although it proved to be a false alarm.

German police are also tightening security at the country's largest airport in Frankfurt.

In Spain the airports are not currently on high alert, although they said this could change throughout the day.

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