IATA has expressed outrage at the 22 March attacks in Brussels and offered its sympathies to the victims and their families and friends.

22 March 2016 Brussels Airport bombs damage

In attacks claimed by Islamic State, suicide bombers at Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station killed and seriously injured more than a hundred people. According to the Belgian federal government’s General Directorate Crisis Centre, by 29 March there were 32 dead and 90 injured in hospital.

“Innocent people have been senselessly murdered in an attack on our humanity. Our thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends,” said IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Tyler.

He added that questions of airport security will arise and that the safety and security of passengers and employees is always a top priority. The aviation industry continues to work closely with governments as they fulfill their responsibility to protect their citizens.

“Aviation is a force for good. It brings the world together and fosters greater understanding of people and cultures. Those who commit terrorist acts know and fear this, and it is why air travel is so often a target. But, terrorists will never succeed in destroying the fundamental urge and right of people to travel, explore and learn about the world. We stand united with the people of Brussels, where many of our own team live and work,” Tyler added.

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