In the wake of Israel’s declaration of war following a significant attack by Hamas, several major airlines have temporarily suspended flights to and from Israel. Israel initiated strikes on over 1,000 targets in Gaza, while Palestinian militants continued launching rockets, prompting air raid sirens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Video footage online suggested smoke rising near a terminal at Ben Gurion International Airport.
As a result of these hostilities, a considerable number of incoming and outgoing flights at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport have been canceled or delayed, as per the airport’s online flight board.
American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines have all suspended their services in response to the situation. The U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories for the region, citing the potential for terrorism and civil unrest.
American Airlines has suspended its service to Tel Aviv through Friday and has issued a travel alert offering flexibility for affected customers.
United Airlines allowed two scheduled flights out of Tel Aviv late Saturday and early Sunday but has since suspended its Tel Aviv flights until conditions improve.
Delta Air Lines canceled its Tel Aviv flights into the following week and is monitoring the situation, making adjustments to its schedule accordingly. The company has advised customers with affected flights to check its app, website, or contact Delta reservations for changes.
Airlines in Europe and Asia have also halted flights amid the ongoing conflict, offering refunds and waiving rebooking fees for passengers.
Air France has suspended services to Tel Aviv “until further notice” after consultations with French and Israeli authorities.
Germany’s Lufthansa, along with its subsidiaries Austrian Airlines, Swiss, and Brussels Airlines, suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv due to the evolving security situation in Israel.
Cathay Pacific Airways canceled its Tel Aviv flights scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, citing passenger and crew safety as the top priority.
Virgin Atlantic suspended its service between London’s Heathrow Airport and Tel Aviv for Monday, Tuesday, and the return flight on Wednesday.
Wizz Air, which operates flights to Israel from Abu Dhabi and numerous European airports, canceled all flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice.
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UK-based carrier easyJet temporarily paused operations on flights from London Luton and Manchester airports to Tel Aviv due to the evolving situation. British Airways plans to continue operating flights to Israel with adjusted departure times in the coming days.
Dutch carrier KLM canceled flights to Tel Aviv until Wednesday. The situation remains dynamic, with airlines closely monitoring developments in the region.