Air India canceled a flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv scheduled for October 7 and the return flight from Israel in response to a surprise attack by the Hamas terror group. Other airlines, including Lufthansa (LH), have also announced plans to reduce most of their flights for today.
Air India Cancels Israel Flights
An Air India spokesperson stated, “An Air India Flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv on 07 October 2023 and the return flight AI140 from Tel Aviv to Delhi has been canceled in the interests and safety of our guests and crew. Passengers are being extended all support, as per their requirements.”
In response to the situation, the Indian Embassy in Israel has issued an advisory urging citizens to remain vigilant and adhere to safety protocols.
Several international airlines, including Lufthansa, Swiss Air, and Turkish Airlines, have also announced flight cancellations in response to the current security situation in Tel Aviv.
Lufthansa stated, “Given the current security situation in Tel Aviv, Lufthansa will maintain a single flight to Frankfurt, but all other Lufthansa flights to and from Tel Aviv have been canceled for this Saturday,” according to an airline spokesperson.
According to Palestinian authorities, Gaza has reported at least 198 casualties, while Israel has recorded 40 fatalities. The conflict escalated when the militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack with the firing of 5,000 rockets. In response, Israel declared war against Hamas and initiated airstrikes as part of its retaliation.
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