FORT WORTH – Despite several European media reports, American Airlines said it was not the target of the suicide bombers at the Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning.
American Airlines ticket counter is at Row 8 of the departures hall at the Brussels Airport and the explosions happened several rows away, said Casey Norton, the airline’s director of communications.
Investigators haven't yet pinpointed exactly where the twin blasts happened but video from Belgian television that was rebroadcast in the United States shows a smoke-filled departures hall and some people taking cover near the Brussels Airlines ticket counter.
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Norton said the additional bombing in the Brussels subway system proves this was an attack on transport and not one airline.
American Airlines said all of its employees are safe and accounted for and customers are being re-accommodated on other flights.
American said it already canceled flights for both Wednesday and Thursday. The airline only operates one flight each day that carries passengers between Brussels and Philadelphia.
American said it hopes to resume that daily flight by Friday, but that’s subject to appropriate authority approvals in Belgium.
American’s flight landed in Brussels about an hour before the blasts on Tuesday morning. The passengers and crew from that plane either left the airport or stayed on the secure side which was not impacted by the blasts.
The Fort Worth-based carrier is offering options for customers with tickets to Brussels for Tuesday or Wednesday. They can either get a refund, fly into another airport, or rebook travel plans before April 5.
Hours after the explosions, American tweeted that it's extending its deepest sympathies and condolences to those affected.