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U.S. airlines cancel flights to and from Brussels after terrorist attacks

In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck an unidentified traveller gets to his feet in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (Ralph Usbeck via AP)
In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck an unidentified traveller gets to his feet in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (Ralph Usbeck via AP) AP

U.S. airlines canceled flights to Brussels today following the terrorist attacks at the city’s international airport and metro station.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines said flight 751 from Brussels to Philadelphia has been canceled today as has the return flight, Flight 750 from Philadelphia to Brussels.

Flights operated by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines had already arrived at Brussels International Airport prior to the attacks and crews and passengers on those flights are safe, the airlines said.

On Tuesday morning, twin explosions rocked Brussels Airport, killing 11 people and wounding 81, according to media reports.

Delta Flight 80 from Atlanta to Brussels is parked remotely as the airline works with local officials to deplane passengers to a secure holding area, the Atlanta-based airline said. It’s flight from New York to Brussels was diverted to Amsterdam.

Chicago-based United Airlines said Flight 950 from Washington Dulles arrived at 7:01 a.m. in Brussels and customers departed normally. However, its second flight, Flight 999 from Newark Liberty was “rerouted to a remote location” where passengers and crew were deplaned.

United said it has suspended all of its operations at Brussels International Airport until further notice from local officials.

All of American’s airport employees and crew members are safe, the airline said. It added that the check-in area for American is in Row 8 of the airport and the explosions did not occur there.

“American Airlines extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to those affected by the tragic events in Brussels earlier today,” the airline said in a statement. “Customers booked for travel March 22 and March 23 may request a refund, select an alternate airport or reschedule travel through April 5.”

There are no non-stop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Brussels. DFW Airport officials said they have heightened security following the attacks in Brussels.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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