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International airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv until conditions normalise

Some international airlines have temporarily suspended flights with Tel Aviv due to the active fighting in Israel. However, they promise that flights will be resumed as soon as the situation is safe.

On Sunday, US carriers American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and France’s Air France announced the temporary suspension of direct flights. American airlines usually operate direct flights from major cities such as Miami, Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago.

United said it had operated two scheduled flights to the US from Israel late Saturday and early Sunday, but suspended them “until conditions allow them to resume”. Delta said the flights were “cancelled this week” while it monitors the situation and makes any necessary schedule changes.

The only Chinese airline flying between China and Israel, Hainan Airlines, has also suspended flights between Tel Aviv and Shanghai, citing the security situation in Israel. The airline also operates flights between Beijing and Tel Aviv, as well as the southern technology centre of Shenzhen and Tel Aviv. The airline said it would adjust future flight plans depending on the situation.

Cathay Pacific, which said it also cancelled a Hong Kong-Tel Aviv flight on Tuesday, is expected to provide more information about the next flight on Thursday. Korean Air said it cancelled a flight between the port city of Incheon and Tel Aviv on Monday and expects future flights to be irregular.

The Islamic group Hamas launched a series of bloody attacks on Israel on Saturday. Islamic militants killed more than 700 Israelis and they captured dozens in the attack. The fighting is being called the bloodiest invasion since the Yom Kippur War 50 years ago, prompting Israel to retaliate against the Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

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