The six-times-weekly Brussels to Philadelphia service was scrapped after the attack at Zaventem Airport on 22 March 2016. Shortly after the re-opening of the airport American Airlines announced that the service would be reinstated as a summer-only route.
The route was due to recommence from May. However, in a press release the airline writes “American Airlines constantly evaluates its network to ensure that we deploy our fleet in the best possible way and that we can maximalise return, while meeting the needs of our customers. With this mind the difficult decision was taken to scrap the Brussels to Philadelphia route." A spokeswoman for the airline added that the decision was irreversible”.
Delta Airlines set to return
The Philadelphia flight was American Airlines only route from Zaventem. Another US airline Delta also temporarily suspended its service to Atlanta after last year’s attacks.
Delta plans to reinstate the route. From 26 March there will be daily flights between Brussels and Atlanta. Delta also flies from Zaventem to the JFK Airport in New York.