Title: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Suspend Flights to Tel Aviv Amid Ongoing Security Concerns
In response to escalating security concerns in Israel, both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have announced the suspension of flights to Tel Aviv. This decision comes after a recent incident involving a British Airways flight from London, which was forced to divert back to Britain due to rockets flying near Tel Aviv.
While Israel’s airports authority has assured that there was no immediate threat to the flight or Ben Gurion Airport, the safety of passengers remains paramount. Governments and airlines worldwide have been working together to ensure the safe evacuation of their citizens from Israel. Simultaneously, Israeli airlines have been dedicated to bringing reservists back home.
Aviation authorities have issued warnings about the current state of airspace in Israel, as these rocket attacks persist. British Airways had been operating a daily flight to Tel Aviv until the suspension. Furthermore, numerous international airlines have followed suit and suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv since the recent attack by Hamas.
In light of these developments, Flydubai has announced a reduction in its flights to Tel Aviv, decreasing the daily schedule from four to two. Notably, no airlines owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group, which includes British Airways, are currently offering flights to Tel Aviv due to the suspension.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to assist U.S. citizens attempting to leave Israel. The U.S. government is engaged in ongoing discussions with airlines to resume flights, exploring options such as charter flights. As part of these efforts, United Airlines has decided to add two additional roundtrip flights between Newark and Athens. This expansion aims to facilitate the return of Americans from Israel.
As the situation in Israel continues to evolve, airlines and governments remain vigilant and prioritize their passengers’ safety. Travelers are advised to stay updated on the latest developments and consult with their respective airlines for any changes to travel plans.
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