CWT: 6% of agents with Spain cancellations

MINNEAPOLIS -- Preliminary results from a Carlston Wagonlit Travel member survey found that 5% recorded "a few" and 1% processed "many" cancellations tied to the March 11 railway bombings in Spain.

Survey responses were still being received, CWT said, with 131 tallied as of Monday evening.

Some 20% of the poll participants said they received no cancellations but "some [clients] are asking questions," and 33% said the bombings had no impact "whatsoever" on bookings.

Meanwhile, 41% of associates filling out the survey said they don't typically book travel to Spain.

With the theory about ETA involvement losing ground to signs of possible al Qaeda complicity in the Spain attacks, the shares of several European travel companies, including British Airways and Ryanair Holdings, fell Monday as fears grew about terrorism in Europe.

Swiss, meanwhile, noted that it fielded only scattered cancellations and that service to Spain on its 13 daily flights was uninterrupted.

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