Israel-Palestine conflict: Emirates extends flight suspension between Dubai and Tel Aviv

The airline had earlier suspended flights till October 20


Sahim Salim

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Published: Wed 18 Oct 2023, 3:34 PM

Last updated: Wed 18 Oct 2023, 4:11 PM

Emirates Airline has extended its suspension of flights to and from Israel. The Dubai-based carrier said all flights to and from Tel Aviv have been suspended until October 26. The airline had earlier suspended flights till October 20.

UAE-based carriers have been adjusting their flight operations as the conflict between Israel and Palestine rages on. For all airlines, these ranged from cancellations to delays. Some flights have resumed, while others continue to remain suspended.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Israel and are in close contact with the relevant authorities. The safety of our customers, crew and stakeholders is our number one priority,” Emirates said.

Passengers with onward connections to Tel Aviv on cancelled Emirates flights will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin “until further notice”.

“Customers affected by the suspension should contact their booking agents for alternatives, refunds, cancellations or for rebooking their flight itineraries. Change and cancellation charges will be waived for tickets issued on/before October 11, 2023, for travel until November 30.”

Emirates had first suspended flights to Israel on October 13. It operated its last Tel Aviv-Dubai flight on October 12.

Another Dubai carrier, flydubai, said its flights FZ 1549/1550 and FZ 1209/1210 to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport are currently operating to schedule. “We are monitoring the situation closely and amending our schedule accordingly. We will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities regarding the ongoing developments,” a spokesperson for the airline told Khaleej Times in a statement.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said it’s operating to Israel as scheduled.


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