Airlines suspend Israel flights after war declaration | Airlines

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Major international airlines have suspended operations to and from Israel following the Israeli government’s official declaration of war against militant group Hamas on October 8, 2023.

At Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV), scenes of endless passenger lines can be seen as citizens attempt to flee the country.

Israeli flag carrier El Al said on October 8, 2023 that it was maintaining its Tel Aviv flights for now, though some flights operated by foreign partners had been canceled, a report by Times of Israel said.

“We might cancel flights to places where we don’t have a lot of Israelis to help other Israelis in other places,” an El Al spokesperson told AFP.

Here are some airlines that have canceled, rearranged, or are continuing flights to Israel.

Travelers are advised to check their respective airlines for actual flight status.

US Airlines

In the US, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines suspended service after the US State Department issued travel advisories for the region citing potential for terrorism and civil unrest.

The US government issued a firm “do not travel” advisory to Gaza, and warned its citizens to “exercise increased caution” when traveling to Israel and West Bank.

“We continue to monitor the situation with safety and security top of mind and will adjust our operation as needed,” American said in a statement sent to US media outlets.

American Airlines’ pilot union Allied Pilots Association, which represents about 15,000 AA pilots issued a “Do Not Fly” directive to its pilot members.

“Until further notice, if you are scheduled, assigned, or reassigned a pairing into Israel, refuse the assignment by calling your Chief Pilot or IOC Duty Pilot. Inform them that you are refusing the assignment in accordance with the guidance and cautions issued by the State Department and the  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” union president Ed…

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