Resumption and Suspension of International Flights to Israel Amid Conflict

Following the Hamas attack on Israel on October 10, 2023, the majority of airlines halted their operations at David Ben-Gurion International Airport. Recently, Udi Bar-Oz, the airport's director, convened a meeting with over 120 international company representatives to encourage the reinstatement of their flights to Israel.


Lufthansa plans to provide four weekly flights from Frankfurt and three from Munich to Tel Aviv, totaling 20 weekly connections via the group's airlines, which include Austrian Airlines and Swiss. Starting January 8, 2024, five direct weekly flights between Zurich and Tel Aviv will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday using A320neo aircraft.

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Austrian Airlines will maintain eight weekly connections through Vienna. British Airways has suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv until January 10, and Vueling until January 13. Air France has announced a suspension of flights until January 20, 2024. Ryanair has extended its flight restrictions until January 31, 2024, citing operational constraints beyond their control. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, both based in the United States, have announced the cancellation of flights to and from Tel Aviv until March 29, 2024. Delta is continuing to assess the conditions related to this specific service.


Currently, the airport sees an average of 200 departures/arrivals daily, including international, domestic, private, and cargo flights. Despite the ongoing conflict, six foreign airlines, including Etihad, Fly Dubai, Hainan, and Azimut, along with Israeli airlines, have continued regular flights to Ben Gurion. Due to the bombing campaign in Gaza by the occupying state, which has impacted the tourism industry, Ben Gurion International Airport has put 600 employees on unpaid leave.

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