Major Airline Operations To Israel Halted After The Hamas Attack
Major airline operations to Israel halted after the Hamas attack, accompanied by rocket attacks. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and several others have halted their flight operations and canceled flights to Israel's airports due to the incursion by Iranian-backed Hamas militants in southern Israel.
The U.S. Embassy in Israel has reported that Ben Gurion Airport, the nation's primary international airport in Tel Aviv, remains operational, although they have cautioned that "the security situation and staff availability could affect flights." In response to this unexpected assault, several flights have been rerouted to other airports across the world.
United Airlines, for example, had to divert Flight UA954, which had initially taken off from San Francisco International Airport bound for Tel Aviv. Approximately seven hours into the journey, the flight turned back over to Greenland and returned to the city of San Francisco.
United Airlines, in a statement provided to Fox NewsDigital, indicated that they had two departures from Tel Aviv on Saturday. However, the airline announced that their future operations to the war-torn country would be temporarily suspended until conditions in the region improve.
The safety of our customers and crews is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we are adjusting flight schedules as required.- United Airlines spokesperson
A spokesperson from Delta Air Lines expressed a similar stance to that of United Airlines, confirming the cancellation of all flights to Israel for the duration of the weekend. The Atlanta-based airline has also committed to collaborating with the U.S. government as necessary to facilitate the repatriation of U.S. citizens who wish to return to their home country.
"Delta continues to monitor the situation and is making schedule adjustments accordingly," a Delta Air Lines spokesperson told Fox News Digital. "Customers impacted by canceled flights or who want to change their TLV ticket should check their Delta app, visit Delta.com, or call Delta reservations to make adjustments."
American Airlines has announced the cancellation of two flights scheduled from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Tel Aviv on October 7 and 8, in response to the recent attack. The airline has further indicated that they have issued a travelalert and will be suspending operations to and from Israel for the duration of the weekend.
"We will continue to monitor the situation with safety and security top of mind and will adjust our operation as needed," an American Airlines spokesperson told reporters. "Customers should visit aa.comor use the American Airlines mobile app to check the status of their flights."
In a publicly released statement, El Al, the national airline of Israel, has informed its customers that they have the option to suspend flights without incurring charges or cancel them while receiving a voucher without any associated costs. Additionally, the airline has established an emergency hotline to assist customers who need to make changes to their flight plans.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a statement acknowledging the potential hazards in Israel's airspace due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Operators are advised to exercise extreme caution. The FAA urged U.S. airlines and pilots to use caution when flying in Israeli airspace.- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Transavia, the low-cost carrier within the Air France-KLM group, has declared the cancellation of all flights originating from Paris and Lyon bound for Tel Aviv, extending the cancellations through Monday. Additionally, Spanish airline Iberia has confirmed the cancellation of Tel Aviv flights operated by its budget subsidiary, Iberia Express.
Italy's national carrier, ITA Airways, has taken the precautionary step of canceling its flights, with service resuming no earlier than Sunday morning, as a measure to safeguard the well-being of passengers and crew.
Moreover, Iberia Express, the budget subsidiary of the Spanish airline Iberia, has also canceled its Tel Aviv flights. In Warsaw, the Polish carrier LOT has similarly canceled its flights departing from the Polish capital on Saturday.