Brussels terror attacks hit Europe-wide travel – CNBC

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Plans to partially reopen Brussels airport on Friday evening were halted after airport police went on strike over security concerns, according to media reports. Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist has said that it could take months to fully reopen, according to media reports.

Net airline bookings to Brussels fell by 136 percent in the seven days following last week’s attacks, according to Forwardkeys. This was a deeper hit than the 101 percent decline that Paris suffered in the week following its November attacks.

Flight bookings to Paris and London have also declined in the wake of the Brussels attacks, Tom Jenkins, CEO of the European Tour Operators Association, told CNBC on air on Friday.

The U.K. threat from terrorism is rated “severe” by its government, meaning an attack is judged highly likely, and a state of emergency remains in place in France after the November attacks.

However, Jenkins said the hit to travel from events like terrorist attacks was less than it once was.

“Over the last 30 years we have seen multiple shocks to the inbound tourism industry in Europe and this is something we almost expect,” he told CNBC.

Brussels terror attacks hit Europe-wide travel – CNBC