UPDATE: American Airlines is operating a full schedule to Paris on Saturday, according to a company statement.
One flight from Paris to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was canceled Friday, and it was canceled again Saturday because there isn’t a plane available, but other than that, American Airlines expects to operate “the rest of our schedule from Paris.”
American is offering a flexible travel waiver for customers who want to change their travel plans at http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/travelAlerts.jsp.
The American statement also said that its general manager in Paris confirmed all of its team members and crew are safe.
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ORIGINAL STORY: In response to the terror attacks in Paris, American Airlines canceled its Friday evening flight from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.
“American Airlines continues to monitor the tragic situation in Paris. Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) is open, and we anticipate operating our remaining departures [from other cities] this evening to Paris,” the airline said in a statement about 9:30 p.m. Friday.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said it would accommodate passengers on the DFW flight. It also has a flexible travel policy waiver in place for customers who want to change their flight plans to Paris.
The flight from DFW was scheduled to leave at 5:20 p.m. and land in Paris at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
American’s flight attendants union said that all of the flight crews in Paris on layovers were safe at their hotels.
“Crews in Paris are advised to remain at their hotel until further advised, maintain a low profile, stay in contact with their fellow crew members and remain vigilant,” the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said in a hotline message to members.
North Texans showed their sympathies for France Friday night ranging from comments on social media to a massive light display on the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, which was bathed in the blue, white and red colors of the French flag.
At the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra concert, guest conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn called for a moment of silence and compared the high culture of France represented by the first work on the program by French composer Maurice Ravel to the violence of the terrorists.
Moments of silence were observed at at least two first-round high school playoff football games — Arlington Lamar vs. Abilene at Cravens Field in Arlington and at Keller Fossil Ridge vs. Flower Mound Marcus at Marauder Field in Flower Mound.
WFAA-TV reported some other North Texas connections: Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas all confirmed Friday that they have students studying abroad in Paris.
The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas said they do not have students in Paris, WFAA reported.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling the attacks in Paris “an assault to all of humanity.” He said he had spoken with the consul general of France in Houston “to offer any and all assistance on behalf of the State of Texas.”
Staff writers Andrea Ahles, Darren Lauber and Gary T. Skrehart contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.