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Ben Gurion Airport
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Ben Gurion Airport

British Airways becomes latest airline to cancel flights to Tel Aviv

The British flag carrier joins United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines in suspending flights to Israel in wake of fighting in Gaza; easyJet still not cancelling flights but 'monitoring situation'

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Published: 05.13.21, 11:59
British Airways cancelled its flights to and from Tel Aviv on Thursday, the latest international carrier to avoid flying to Israel amid an escalating conflict there.
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  • "The safety and security of our colleagues and customers is always our top priority, and we continue to monitor the situation closely," British Airways said.
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    Ben Gurion Airport
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    United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines on Wednesday all cancelled flights between the United States and Tel Aviv. German airline Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines announced Thursday morning they were also suspending all flights from and to Israel until May 14.
    Customers whose flight has been canceled will be transferred to alternate flights. Customers holding a flight ticket to or from Tel Aviv until May 19 (including) can change their flight once free of charge.
    The fiercest hostilities in years continued on Thursday, as Israel was preparing ground troops along the Gaza border and Hamas launched rocket barrages at southern Israel.
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    British Airways plane
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    British airline easyJet said that it was not yet cancelling its flights to Tel Aviv. Its next flight there is from Berlin and not scheduled until May 16, with a service from London Luton to Tel Aviv scheduled for May 18.
    "We will of course continue to monitor the situation," an easyJet spokeswoman said.
    From May 17, Israel is one of the few low-risk COVID-19 destinations which Britons can visit without needing to quarantine on their return, but the conflict is already making getting there difficult and will likely deter visitors.

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