U.S. Airlines Cancels Flights to Brussels After Terror Attacks

A security officer patrols near travelers inside New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, March 22, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Mike Segar)
A security officer patrols near travelers inside New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, March 22, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Mike Segar)

U.S. airlines canceled flights to Brussels after bombings at that international airport halted flights, and prompted tighter security across Europe and in New York City.

Brussels airport had 397 flight cancellations by 8:30 a.m., according to Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware.com, which tracks flights. Brussels Airlines was the hardest hit, with 173 cancellations for 96% of their daily schedule, Baker said.

“The U.S. should not be significantly impacted since there are only a handful of daily flights between the U.S. and Brussels,” Baker said. “Jetairfly’s daily flight to Orlando departed before the attack. Flights operated to the U.S. by Delta, United, American, and Brussels Airlines were canceled.

“Flights from the US to Brussels would not leave until this evening, so it is unclear what the situation will be,” Baker added.

United canceled four flights, Delta two and American one, according to FlightAware.

American Airlines canceled flight 751 from Brussels to Philadelphia. The airline said it would make new arrangements for those travelers.

The airline reported no injuries to its workers because the explosions didn’t occur at its check-in location in the departure hall. The airline is offering alternative travel plans for passengers booked Tuesday and Wednesday to request a refund, choose another airport or rescheduled their flight through April 5.

United Airlines flight 950 arrived in Brussels from Washington Dulles at 7:01 a.m. and travelers deplaned normally at the gate, the airline said. But a second flight, 999 from Newark, was rerouted to a remote location, and travelers were deplaned.

All remaining flights to and from Brussels have been suspended until further notice from local authorities, United said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Bart Jansen