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Attack in Brussels weighs on airlines, travel sites, hotels

A ripple ran through the travel and lodging industry Tuesday following deadly attacks in Belgium that killed dozens of people at the Brussels airport and in the city’s subway.

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines cancelled or diverted all flights to and from Brussels, where the airport was closed.

Security was tightened across Europe, just four months after co-ordinated attacks in Paris killed 130 people. Air travel and hotel bookings in Paris dipped in the aftermath.

But apprehension about travel, at least Tuesday, was global.

“While the attacks took place in Brussels, it is likely to have an impact on European travel demand in general,” said Raymond James analyst Savanthi Syth, in a note to clients. “The attacks come during peak Easter travel and ahead of peak summer travel.”

Here’s how stocks of travel companies fared in trading Tuesday:

AIRLINES:

— American Airlines Group Inc. fell 1.6 per cent to $42.76.

— Delta Air Lines Inc. fell 1.5 per cent to $49.39.

— United Continental Holdings Inc. fell 1.1 per cent to $60.49.

— Air France KLM SA down 4 per cent at 8.09 euros, or $9.07.

HOTEL CHAINS:

— Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. fell less than 1 per cent to $22.28.

— Hyatt Hotels Corp. fell 2.1 per cent to $48.80.

— Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC fell 2.7 per cent to $39.63.

— Marriott International Inc. fell 1.9 per cent to $70.92.

— Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. fell less than 1 per cent to $83.84.

TRAVEL websiteS AND AGENCIES:

— Expedia Inc. down 1.8 per cent to $108.92.

— The Priceline Group Inc. down 2.3 per cent to $1,319.41.

— Ctrip.com International Ltd. down less than 1 per cent to $44.87.

— TripAdvisor Inc. down 2.5 per cent to $64.04.

— Thomas Cook PLC down 4.3 per cent to 88.55 pence, or $1.26.

FRANCE TO UK TRAIN TUNNEL OPERATOR:

— Groupe Eurotunnel SE down 3.8 per cent to 9.63 euros, or $10.80.