With Easter expected to be a peak time for tourism, the explosions will have a "catastrophic" effect on the city of Brussels, a British MEP in the Belgian capital told CNBC.
"It's a very, very busy part of Brussels, and it was at a time when people were all going to work and going about what would have been an ordinary, normal Tuesday in Brussels. So the effect is going to be pretty catastrophic on Brussels," Richard Ashworth, Conservative MEP for South East England, told CNBC Tuesday.
"I remember back to the last lockdown (around) Christmas, the town was simply deserted – a town which at Christmas is heaving with tourists. Now we're coming to the Easter break – no doubt a peak time for tourism in Brussels – and yet again for the town this is going to be quite catastrophic I'd have thought."