Following a significant Hamas attack, Israel declared war, prompting major airlines to suspend flights to and from the country. In response, Israel launched strikes on over 1,000 Gaza targets while Palestinian militants relentlessly fired rockets, triggering air raid alerts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Online footage depicted smoke rising near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport terminal. The situation remains tense as hostilities persist in the region.
Amidst the escalating hostilities in Israel, airlines in Europe and Asia took proactive measures, temporarily suspending flights and offering passenger-friendly policies such as refunds and waiving rebooking fees.
Air France, in coordination with French and Israeli authorities, made the decision to suspend services to Tel Aviv indefinitely. They emphasized their continuous monitoring of geopolitical situations within their flight routes, prioritizing the safety of their passengers and flight operations.
Germany’s Lufthansa and its subsidiaries, including Austrian Airlines, Swiss, and Brussels Airlines, suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv until the following Saturday. This move was prompted by the evolving security situation in Israel and a thorough analysis of the circumstances.
Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, canceled its Tel Aviv flights scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, citing concerns related to the situation in Israel. They reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to passenger and crew safety and expressed their intent to closely follow developments in the region.
Virgin Atlantic, in response to the turmoil, canceled its flights between London’s Heathrow Airport and Tel Aviv on Monday and Tuesday, as well as a segment of that route on Wednesday. These measures reflected the airline industry’s proactive approach to ensuring the well-being of passengers and aligning operations with the evolving security landscape.
The impact of the escalating conflict in Israel reverberated throughout Ben Gurion International Airport, where flight operations were disrupted. The airport’s online flight board reflected a mixed picture, with numerous cancellations and delays affecting both incoming and outgoing flights. Notably, Israel’s flagship carrier, El Al, remained operational alongside regional airlines like Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines and Greece’s Blue Bird Airways.
In response to the deteriorating security situation, major U.S. airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, made the prudent decision to suspend services to Tel Aviv. The U.S. State Department had issued travel advisories for the region, citing concerns about terrorism and civil unrest.
American Airlines took steps to protect its passengers by suspending service to Tel Aviv until at least Friday. The airline also issued a travel alert, offering flexibility to affected customers. They emphasized their commitment to closely monitoring the situation, prioritizing safety and security above all else, and pledged to adjust operations as necessary.
United Airlines, while allowing a limited number of scheduled flights out of Tel Aviv, suspended its Tel Aviv services until conditions improved. They ensured the well-being of their customers, crews, and employees at the airport.
Delta Air Lines faced similar challenges, with their Tel Aviv flights canceled into the upcoming week. They, too, were closely monitoring the situation and making necessary schedule adjustments. They urged customers with affected flights to use their app, website, or call Delta reservations for assistance with changes to their travel plans. The airlines collectively navigated the complexities of operating in a region marred by conflict, prioritizing passenger safety and flexibility amidst ongoing uncertainty.
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