As hostilities persist, numerous airlines have taken action to either cancel or delay flights to Israel, resulting in travel disruptions.
Virgin Atlantic has issued warnings of flight cancellations and delays affecting Tel Aviv, while British Airways (BA) has adjusted its flight schedules.
In addition, several major carriers from the United States, along with Air France, Lufthansa, and Emirates, have temporarily suspended their services to Israel.
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, claimed responsibility for launching missiles at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Monday, further exacerbating the security situation.
The ongoing conflict has resulted in approximately 700 casualties in Israel since Hamas initiated its attack on Saturday, with another 500 casualties reported in Gaza due to retaliatory airstrikes.
The Foreign Office has issued travel advisories, recommending against all but essential travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and against travel to specific areas within the region.
Virgin Atlantic has confirmed eight cancellations between Tel Aviv and London Heathrow from Saturday to the following Wednesday. A spokesperson emphasized the airline’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and security of passengers and staff.
Wizz Air, a UK budget carrier, has canceled flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice, while Easy Jet temporarily halted flights on Sunday and Monday, with plans to adjust its schedule for the remainder of the week.
British Airways has modified its daily flights from Heathrow to Tel Aviv, rescheduling them for morning departures to avoid overnight stays in Israel. The airline is closely monitoring the situation and has introduced a flexible booking policy, allowing customers to change their travel dates without incurring additional charges.
Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 indicated that some flights were still operating to and from Tel Aviv on Monday, including services by Ryan air and Pegasus. However, Ryan air later announced the cancellation of several flights to and from Tel Aviv on Monday, advising passengers to stay updated on the latest flight information.
On Sunday, major US carriers United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines confirmed the suspension of direct flights to Israel, with united pausing its flights “until conditions allow them to resume” and Delta canceling flights “into this week.”
Amidst the escalating situation, 300 Polish and Hungarian nationals have been evacuated on flights, and Thailand and Nepal are reportedly considering similar evacuation efforts.
Royal Caribbean, a cruise operator, has stated that it is “adjusting several itineraries in the area” and notifying affected customers.
Travelers with imminent plans to visit Israel are advised to consult with their travel agents or tour operators for alternative options.
The Association of British Travel Agents spokesperson recommended that travelers on package holidays affected by cancellations could choose to defer their travel dates, opt for an alternative destination, or receive a full refund.
Independent travelers should discuss their options with their airline and accommodation providers.
Last Updated: 10 October 2023