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Cancellations in Israeli Skies: Multiple Airlines React to War Declaration
Multiple Airlines Cancel Flights
Multiple airlines have cancelled flights to and from Israel after the government declared a state of war with its neighbors. Major carriers such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines and El Al have all suspended services to the country for the foreseeable future.
In response to the declaration of war, several countries have also advised citizens not to visit Israel at this time. The US State Department is among them, issuing a Travel Advisory for Israel on 09.10.2023, urging American citizens to “exercise increased caution there due to the continuing risk of violence.”
The cancellations come as Israel ramps up its airstrikes and ground operations against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in an effort to quell rocket attacks from the militant group. So far, more than 350 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, according to the Israeli Defense Forces.
The airlines have said that safety is their primary concern and that they will continue to monitor the situation closely. Passengers who had plans to fly to Israel are being offered refunds or the opportunity to rebook when services resume.
The cancellations and travel advisories may have a significant impact on tourism to Israel, which is a major source of revenue for the country. As the conflict between Israel and its neighbors escalates, it is likely that more airlines and countries will follow suit in tightening their travel restrictions.
Development for travelers
In a worrying development for travelers in the Middle East, airlines from multiple countries have cancelled flights to Israel following a government declaration of war.
The situation began when the Israeli government declared war on Lebanon on Monday. In response, airlines from countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Egypt have cancelled flights to Israel until further notice.
The cancellations come amid a long-standing conflict between Israel and Lebanon. The latest move by the Israeli government is seen as part of its efforts to gain more leverage in ongoing peace talks between the two countries. Israel has been accused of using a “scorched earth” policy with regard to Lebanon, and its latest action adds more fuel to the fire.
In addition, airlines are anxious about the safety of their passengers in light of the current conflict. Many airlines are citing safety concerns as the reason for their decision to cancel flights.
This has caused a lot of disruption to travelers in the region. Many travelers are now stranded in various parts of the Middle East, while those planning to fly from Israel to other countries are now forced to look for alternative means of transportation.
The Israeli government has vowed to continue its military operations against Lebanon, and it is unclear if the situation will improve soon. In the meantime, travelers are advised to check with their airlines for updates on flight cancellations.
Declaration of war
Multiple airlines have cancelled flights to and from Israel due to a declaration of war by the Israeli government on Monday.
Several airlines, including El Al, United Airlines, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Lufthansa announced the suspension of flights to Israel in light of the war declaration, citing safety concerns for passengers.
The Israeli government declared a state of war following weeks of escalating violence between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants. Rockets were fired from both sides, with Hamas launching hundreds of rockets into Israel while Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes.
The US State Department issued a statement urging US citizens to avoid the Middle East region, saying that the violence was escalating “rapidly” and that US citizens should “avoid non-essential travel”. The US Embassy in Tel Aviv also announced that all non-emergency personnel had been evacuated from Israel.
The United Nations Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the situation and the UN Peacekeeping forces in the region are on high alert.
This news comes as a major blow to the travel industry in Israel as well as the Israeli economy, with tourism now at a standstill. The Israeli government has said that they will continue to protect their citizens against any threat and have asked for international assistance in this crisis.
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