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U.S. airlines cancel flights to Brussels as airport remains closed after terrorist attacks

The blown out facade of the terminal is seen at Zaventem airport, one of the sites of two deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after the attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
The blown out facade of the terminal is seen at Zaventem airport, one of the sites of two deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after the attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) AP

U.S. airlines continue to cancel flights to Brussels as the airport remained closed through Thursday following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.

“Because the forensic investigation is still underway, we currently have no access to the building,” the airport said in a statement. “Until we can assess the damage, we are unable to confirm when operations at the airport can be resumed.”

Fort Worth-based American Airlines said it plans to cancel its Philadelphia to Brussels flights and hopes to resume flight operations on the route on Friday with a return flight from Brussels on Saturday.

“That is subject to change, pending direction from Brussels Airport and the appropriate authorities,” the airline said. Customers on canceled flights are being re accommodated through other airports and American has issued a travel policy allowing customers to request refunds for travel between March 22 and March 29, or select an alternate airport or reschedule travel through April 12.

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Europe, warning U.S. citizens of the potential risks of terrorist attacks.

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation,” the alert said, which expires on June 20. “U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.”

United Airlines said it is offering customers flexibility in rescheduling their flights to Brussels, waiving change fees for customers who rebook their travel to Brussels through April 1.

The airline is canceling its daily flights to Brussels from Washington Dulles and Newark. Customers on canceled flights may receive a refund, United said in its travel advisory.

Delta Air Lines said its travel waiver extends to customers who have travel booked to, from or through not only Brussels but also Amsterdam and Paris through March 31.

“As part of running a global airline, our teams are in constant contact with authorities in Brussels and were able to immediately go into action this morning on behalf of our employees and customers,” Delta president Ed Bastian said in a statement on Tuesday.

Star-Telegram reporter Christian Boschult contribued to this article.

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