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The industry has reacted with shock to the terror attack in Brussels yesterday and urged the sector to stay calm.

Travel agency bosses expressed their sadness at the bombs which killed more than 31 people on Tuesday morning in separate attacks at Brussels airport and a Metro train station.

The Travel Network Group chief executive Gary Lewis, said: “What happened in Brussels ‎was a cruel and tragic act of terrorism and our thoughts are with all those impacted.

“Whilst acts of terrorism will, unfortunately, always cause disruption to our sector,  as an industry we must do everything we can to bring a sense of calm to the market.”

Advantage chief executive Julia Lo Bue-Said said any customers would have been contacted by the consortium’s members to discuss alternative travel plans.

She added: “This is a desperately sad situation and we are shocked at this further atrocity. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all those who have today lost their lives.”

Short breaks tour operator SuperBreak said it was monitoring the situation in Brussels closely.

Sales and product director Jane Atkins said: “Our immediate thoughts are with those who were harmed in the tragic events in Brussels.

“We have been in touch with all of our customers and agents who are either in resort, travelling back or due to travel imminently and we are making the relevant arrangements as required.  We are monitoring the situation very closely and updating our policy accordingly.”.”