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DFW Airport maintains ‘heightened vigilance’; American employees safe

Travelers walk through the American Airlines check in area in a file photo.
Travelers walk through the American Airlines check in area in a file photo. Star-Telegram archives

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is maintaining “heightened vigilance” in light of the bombings in Belgium, a spokesman said, and American Airlines has issued a statement saying its airport employees and crew members are safe.

Attacks against Brussels’ subway system and the Brussels airport caused more than 550 flights to be diverted or canceled, according to flight tracking service Flightradar24.

DFW Airport spokesman David Magana said the airport is communicating with “national and international partners” in law enforcement but declined to give details. He said there were no nonstop flights between the airport and Brussels.

A statement from Fort Worth-based American Airlines says 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 statement says.

American issued a travel alert for anyone traveling to Brussels, allowing passengers on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia flights to change destinations while waiving the one-time travel change fee if the ticket was bought before March 22 and the scheduled flight was March 22 or 23.

Customers with flights to or from Brussels can call the airline’s reservations desk at +1-800-679-8215 to get the latest information. In Belgium, customers may call (+32) 070 300 300.

The American statement says flight 751 from Brussels to Philadelphia was canceled Tuesday 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 before the attacks, and crews and passengers on those flights are safe, the airlines said.

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. Its 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. But 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 its operations at the Brussels airport until further notice from local officials.

The report includes material from The Associated Press.

Christian Boschult: 817-390-7770, @CBOSCH192; Andrea Ahles: @Sky_Talk