EasyJet has vowed to monitor the situation in Berlin after last night’s suspected terrorist attack on a Christmas market which killed at least 12 people and injured almost 50.

The airline’s Berlin schedule will continue as normal today in the face of the atrocity which saw an articulated lorry mow down tourists and families at speeds of up to 40mph.

The market at Breitscheidplatz is close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in the west of the German city.

Almost 50 people are in hospital and at least four have suffered serious injuries, according to latest reports.

Security has been tightened by German authorities in the run-in to Christmas.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office reiterated an earlier warning that there is a high threat from terrorism in Germany with increased security over Christmas and new year at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds

“There are reports of an incident near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin involving casualties,” the FCO said in an updated travel advisory issued last night.

“You are advised to avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities.

“The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.

EasyJet said the airline’s thoughts are with those affected by the incident in Berlin’s city centre.

“Safety and security is always easyJet’s highest priority. Our schedule to and from Berlin is operating as normal.

“We will closely monitor the situation if circumstances change.”

Last night’s incident is reminiscent of an Isis-inspired lorry attack in Nice on Bastille Day on July 14 when 86 people were killed and more than 400 were injured.