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Global Airlines Disrupted by Middle East Tensions


Global Airlines Disrupted by Middle East Tensions


Global airlines faced significant disruptions to flights on Monday after Iran’s missile and drone attacks on Israel further narrowed options for planes navigating between Europe and Asia. While Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon reopened their airspaces on Sunday, some routes continue to be affected.

Cancellations and Reroutes

Europe

  • KLM cancelled all flights to and from Tel Aviv until Tuesday.

  • Finnair suspended operations in Iranian airspace until further notice, which may cause longer flight time on flights from Doha.

  • SAS said flights between Copenhagen and Bangkok fly partially over the region, and one flight had to reroute.

  • IAG-owned Iberia Express cancelled flights to Tel Aviv on Sunday and Monday.

  • Britain’s easyJet paused operations to and from Tel Aviv until 21 April.

  • Wizz Air cancelled most of its flights to and from Tel Aviv on Saturday through Monday.

North America

  • United Airlines cancelled Monday’s flight to Tel Aviv and also cancelled its flight from Washington Dulls Airport to Ammam, Jordan for Tuesday.

  • Air Canada warned of long delays and cancellations on its Israel flights, and cancelled flights to Tel Aviv on Monday and Tuesday.

Australia

  • Australia Qanats Airways temporarily rerouted flights between Perth and London.

Asia

  • China Southern Airlines cancelled Sunday’s flight to Iran.

  • Air India cancelled its flights to and from Tel Aviv till April 20.

  • Indian carrier IndiGo rerouted its daily flights to Istanbul from Delhi and Mumbai.

  • Indian carrier Vistara, co-owned by Tata and Singapore Airlines, said it is “making changes to flight-paths” of some of its flights.

The Middle East

  • Israel’s El Al Airlines cancelled 15 flights scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

  • Smaller Israeli carrier Arkia made adjustments to its flight schedule.

  • Fly Dubai flights were affected by the closure of airspaces.

Resumed Flights

  • Germany’s Lufthansa will resume its flights serving Tel Aviv, Ammam and Erbil on Tuesday.

  • Etihad Airways plans to operate scheduled passenger and cargo services between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, Amman, and Beirut from Monday.

  • Emirates Airlines resumed scheduled operations to and from Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq from Sunday afternoon.

  • Qatar Airways also resumed services to Amman, Beirut, and Baghdad.

The situation remains fluid, with airlines monitoring developments closely. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest updates.

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