22 March 2016

Attacks on Brussels airport, metro kill at least 30
At least 30 people were killed in attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital on Tuesday, triggering security alerts across Europe and global expressions of support in the face of suspected Islamist attackers.
Source:                    Reuters

The events in Brussels today have shocked and saddened us at ACI EUROPE and we extend our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of today's attacks. Our thoughts are also with our colleagues at Brussels Airport and those working in the EU institutions and other organisations located near Maelbeek metro station.

These atrocities, shocking as they are, are part of a series of attacks that have hit several locations including Paris, Ankara and Istanbul in the past 6 months. They are not limited to disrupting our transport systems, but are clearly about threatening our entire way of life by targeting other public spaces including places of social gathering and entertainment. We must now face the stark reality that our world is less safe and that we need to work on addressing that in a better way - one which does not focus exclusively on aviation security as the focal point of terrorist detection. 

We at ACI EUROPE will continue to work with European authorities to assist wherever appropriate.    
In the meantime, let us all live carefully, not fearfully.