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Israel-Palestine conflict: flydubai reduces Tel Aviv flights; Etihad suspends services

Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli
Filed on May 16, 2021

Guests booked on these services are being assisted with their travel arrangements.

Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai will continue to fly to Israel, but has reduced the number of flights it operates between Dubai International and Ben Gurion Airport International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Read: UAE airlines Etihad, flydubai cancel Tel Aviv flights

“We have consolidated some of our flights due to demand,” said a flydubai spokesperson, adding that the airline is currently operating up to three daily flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Etihad Airways on the other hand has suspended its passenger and cargo services to Tel Aviv in response to the ongoing conflict.

“Etihad is monitoring the situation in Israel and continues to maintain close contact with authorities and security intelligence providers,” said a spokesperson from the airline.

The first lot of Etihad flights to be affected were EY598 from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv and flight EY599 from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, May 16, which have been cancelled.

“Guests booked on these services are being assisted with their travel arrangements,” added the Etihad spokesperson.

Escalating hostilities between Israel and Palestine have prompted many American and European airlines to cancel flights to Israel this week. The latest round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting began in Jerusalem, but it has spread throughout Israel and Gaza. While tensions have been rife for decades, the recent conflict grew out of the threatened evictions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem.

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