Global Airlines Disrupt Flights to Israel Amid the Escalating Security Crisis
Numerous major airlines worldwide are taking action to disrupt flights to Israel and notifying travellers about potential travel hindrances as the security situation in the region worsens. These measures come as tensions continue to surge in the midst of violent conflicts between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.
Virgin Atlantic, for instance, has issued advisories about flight cancellations and delays impacting routes to Tel Aviv. British Airways (BA) has also reorganised its flight schedule due to the intensifying situation.
Furthermore, various US carriers, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines, have temporarily suspended their services to Israel. Other airlines, such as Air France, Lufthansa, and Emirates, have similarly decided to pause operations.
The escalating security concerns have arisen from missile attacks launched by Palestinian militant group Hamas, one of which targeted Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. Consequently, the safety and security of travellers and airline staff are of paramount importance.
The UK’s Foreign Office has released travel advisories, advising against all but essential travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, with certain regions designated as off-limits.
Virgin Atlantic has revealed that it has cancelled eight flights between Tel Aviv and London Heathrow from Saturday through Wednesday, underscoring its commitment to prioritising passenger safety.
British Airways altered the departure times for flights from Heathrow to Tel Aviv, ensuring morning departures to circumvent overnight stays in Israel for its crew members. The airline continues to monitor the situation and has introduced a flexible booking policy that allows passengers to change travel dates without incurring additional fees.
While some flights, such as those operated by Ryanair and Pegasus, were still arriving and departing from Tel Aviv on Monday, the situation remains fluid. Ryanair subsequently announced several flight cancellations to and from Tel Aviv on Monday and encouraged passengers to stay updated on the latest flight information.
Given the evolving circumstances, travellers with upcoming plans to visit Israel are encouraged to consult their travel agents or tour operators to explore alternative options, including rescheduling, changing destinations, or obtaining refunds. Independent travellers are advised to communicate with their airlines and accommodation providers to ascertain the available choices.