Major global Airlines halt Israel flights after rockets fired from Gaza landed near Tel Aviv ‘s International Airport.
After the recent disaster in Ukraine with the loss of 295 Malaysia Airlines passengers, airlines are taking further precautions over the unrest in Israel. Major airlines from the US, Europe and Canada are refusing to fly to and from Israel after rockets fired from Gaza landed near Ben Gurlon International Airport in Tel Aviv.
Delta and United Airlines have suspended services from the US and Air Canada has said they will be cancelling its flight and return flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv.
Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines and easyJet are among the airlines to have suspended services in Europe. However, British Airways have decided to continue their twice daily service to Heathrow.
The most sweeping action came from the FAA who are willing to take no risks, barring all US carriers from operating to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. The European Aviation Safety Agency said it had issued a “strong recommendation to avoid Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International airport until further notice”.
The rocket that landed near the airport exploded in Yehud, a nearby town.
Yisrael Katz, Israel’s transport minister, criticised the US airlines’ decision saying, “There’s absolutely no reason why American airlines in particular should stop their flights and thus hand a prize to terrorism.”
Airlines are on high alert and are being tested on their ability to make the right decisions when it comes to safety and security. With problems in Ukraine and Russia escalating and unrest in Israel ongoing, airlines must make sure they maintain their services while not putting passengers at risk.
Do you think airlines are being too cautious here and “handing a prize to terrorism” or is it right to take extra precautions when operating certain services?
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