News Update


People are finding it difficult to leave Israel as more flights are being cut.

Virgin Atlantic now operates one round-trip flight to and from Tel Aviv per day rather than two, while British Airways continues to operate one round-trip route.

EasyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, as well as Air France, Lufthansa, and Emirates, have all grounded flights to the United Kingdom.

Some flights are operating, but with many already completely booked, tickets are in short supply.

The earliest BA flight to the UK, for example, is on Sunday 15 October, with a one-way ticket costing more than £1,300.

Virgin Atlantic and Israel’s national carrier El Al, which continues to operate two daily flights to London Heathrow and two to Luton Airport, have no availability on UK-bound services until next week.

Flightradar24, a flight tracking website, told the BBC that many airlines had canceled flights owing to safety concerns, but that the airspace over Israel was not restricted, therefore “operations into Tel Aviv are currently down to individual operators.”

As air attacks continue, Israel declares that the Gaza border has been secured.
The shrinking number of direct flights out of the country comes as Foreign Secretary James Cleverly urged UK nationals seeking to leave Israel to employ commercial transportation, since no UK government evacuation is presently planned.

The Foreign Office advises against all but necessary travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as all travel to specified areas in the region.

“There are air flights, and of course there are land borders with friendly nations – with Egypt, with Jordan,” said Mr. Cleverly. “If you seek to leave Israel we are working with the air industry and with Israeli air traffic control to maintain those flights.”

Several airlines have implemented flexible booking policies, allowing passengers to change their travel dates at no cost.


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