Attack in Brussels weighs on airlines, travel sites, hotels

Staff Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) — The travel and lodging industry took a hit Tuesday following deadly attacks in Belgium that killed dozens of people at the Brussels airport, which closed.

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines all said that their flights to and from Brussels were either cancelled or diverted.

Security was tightened across Europe, just four months after coordinated 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 morning trading Tuesday:

AIRLINES:

— American Airlines Group Inc. fell 1.8 percent to $42.69.

— Delta Air Lines Inc. fell 2.3 percent to $48.99.

— United Continental Holdings Inc. fell 1.3 percent to $60.38.

HOTEL CHAINS:

— Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. fell 1 percent to $22.25.

— Hyatt Hotels Corp. fell 1.5 percent to $49.06.

— Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC fell 3.3 percent to $39.38.

— Marriott International Inc. fell 2.1 percent to $70.73.

— Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. fell 1.6 percent to $82.88.

TRAVEL WEBSITES:

— Expedia Inc. down 1.3 percent to $109.45

— The Priceline Group Inc. down 2.4 percent to $1,318.46

— Ctrip.com International Ltd. down 1.3 percent to $44.57

— TripAdvisor Inc. down 1.2 percent to $64.95