Vietnam Airlines offers refunds on Europe tickets as Brussels attacks impact travel

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 Belgian troops man a roadblock near Brussels' Zaventem airport following Tuesdays' bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Vietnam Airlines will allow passengers traveling from Vietnam to Europe to cancel or delay their trips without a fee after bomb attacks shook the capital of Belgium on Tuesday.
The national carrier said in a statement released Tuesday night that passengers who have bought tickets for March can return or change them for April tickets. Connecting flights operated by its partner carriers may be subject to charges. 
Vietnam Airlines is providing 29 direct flights every week to Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Paris. It also takes travelers to Brussels via Paris.
“We have taken measures to guarantee maximum safety for our activities and passengers in Europe. We have raised security for flights from Europe to the highest level,” the carrier said in the statement.
It said travelers at European airports should expect to go through longer security checks than normal.
Zaventem international airport near Brussels and parts of Brussels public transport system have been closed following two deadly explosions at the airport and one at a metro station on Tuesday.
Various media outlets confirmed that at least 34 people were killed and more than 200 injured.
The Vietnamese ambassador in Belgium said no Vietnamese has been reported among the victims. A Vietnamese diplomatic official was on the train attacked on Tuesday but the official was safe.
Vietnamese leaders have sent condolences to Belgium following the attacks.

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