Skift Take

This will have a short-term impact, as did the Paris attacks. It's the reaction that politicians will have that is the real threat to tourism and quality of life.

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 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 afternoon trading Tuesday:


  • American Airlines Group Inc. fell 1.5 percent to $42.81.
  • Delta Air Lines Inc. fell 1.8 percent to $49.20.
  • United Continental Holdings Inc. fell 1 percent to $60.65.
  • Air France KLM SA down 4.1 percent at 8.08 euros, or $9.06.

Hotel Chains

  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. fell 1 percent to $22.27.
  • Hyatt Hotels Corp. fell 1.8 percent to $48.93.
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC fell 3 percent to $39.51.
  • Marriott International Inc. fell 2.1 percent to $70.76.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. fell 1.2 percent to $83.20.

Travel Websites and Agencies

  • Expedia Inc. down 1.7 percent to $109.04.
  • The Priceline Group Inc. down 2.7 percent to $1,313.98.
  • International Ltd. down 1.6 percent to $44.42.
  • TripAdvisor Inc. down 2.2 percent to $64.27.
  • Thomas Cook PLC down 6 percent to 87 pence, or $1.24.


  • Groupe Eurotunnel SE down 4.2 percent to 9.59 euros, or $10.75.



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Photo credit: Passengers at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin airport in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, pass by an information board that lists flights to Brussels as canceled, following deadly blasts at Bussels’ airport. Czarek Sokolowski / AP Photo