High security alert at Rome airports

All Rome flights to Brussels cancelled after Belgium terror attacks.

Rome's Fiumicino and Ciampino airports are in a state of heightened alert following the terror attacks in Brussels on the morning of 22 March.

Security searches at the airports have been intensified and all Rome flights to and from Brussels have been cancelled.

Alitalia has said that none of its flights were at the Brussels airport at the time of the attack. One had just taken off and the one that was scheduled from Rome's Fiumicino airport was cancelled.

Security has been increased at what are called "sensitive" sites throughout Rome, as well as in the metro.

The explosions struck Brussels' Zaventem airport at 08.00 and an hour later at the city's Maalbeek metro station, causing at least 13 deaths, according to Belgian media.

Belgium has raised its terror threat to its highest level and the nation's prime minister Charles Michel has warned the Belgian public to “avoid any movement” for the time being.