Airlines suspend flights due to tensions in the Middle East – 04/15/2024 at 6:20 p.m.

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(Updated with the latest information on easyJet)

Global airlines faced flight disruptions Monday after Iran’s missile and drone attacks on Israel further reduced options for planes flying between Europe and Asia.

While Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon reopened their airspaces on Sunday, some routes continue to be affected.

The airlines below have provided a LEAD:


* German airline Lufthansa LHAG.DE has suspended its scheduled flights to and from Tel Aviv, Erbil and Amman until Monday inclusive. Flights to Beirut and Tehran will remain suspended at least until Thursday.

* KLM has canceled all its flights to and from Tel Aviv until Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Dutch branch of Air France KLM said on Monday


* British airline easyJet EZJ.L suspended operations to and from Tel Aviv on Sunday. The carrier said in an emailed statement to Reuters that it would temporarily halt operations to and from Tel Aviv until April 21.

* Wizz Air WIZZ.L said it had canceled most of its flights to and from Tel Aviv from Saturday to Monday.

* Finnair FIA1S.HE has suspended operations in Iranian airspace until further notice, which could result in longer flight times on flights from Doha. A spokesperson said the Finnish airline would be flying over Egypt, causing delays of “a few minutes”.

* A SAS SAS.ST spokesperson said flights between Copenhagen and Bangkok partially fly over the region and one flight had to divert overnight from Saturday to Sunday.

* Iberia Express, owned by IAG ICAG.L, said on social media it would cancel its flights to Tel Aviv on Sunday and Monday.

* United Airlines UAL.O canceled Sunday’s flight from Newark to Tel Aviv, the company said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

* Air Canada AC.TO warned of significant delays and cancellations on its flights to Israel, and canceled its flights to Tel Aviv on Monday and Tuesday.

* Australian airline Qantas Airways QAN.AX said on Saturday it had temporarily diverted its flights between Perth and London.

* China Southern Airlines 600029.SS canceled Sunday’s flight to Iran, and Hainan Airlines 600221.SS said it was monitoring the situation and assessing whether a future flight to Israel could be operated normally, Chinese business media Yicai reported.

*Air India has canceled its flights to and from Tel Aviv until April 20. The airline operated five weekly flights to the Israeli city, according to flight tracking platform Flightradar 24.

* The Israeli company El Al Airlines canceled 15 flights scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

* Small Israeli carrier Arkia said it was making adjustments to its flight schedule after initially postponing flights to Athens, Milan and Geneva.

* Some Fly Dubai flights were affected by the closure of airspace, according to a statement from the Emirati airline to national news agency WAM.

* Indian airline IndiGo has rerouted its daily flights to Istanbul from Delhi and Mumbai, according to Flightradar 24. The airline, however, has not issued an official statement on the change. The two flights, which previously flew over Iran, are now passing through Central Asia, according to Flightradar 24.

* Indian company Vistara, jointly owned by Tata and Singapore Airlines SIAL.SI, said it was “changing the trajectories” of some of its flights, without giving further details.


* Etihad Airways canceled services to Tel Aviv, Israel and Amman, Jordan, on Sunday, but said it planned to operate regular passenger and cargo services between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, Amman and Beirut from Monday. She warned “there could be a risk of disruption” throughout the day on Monday.

* Emirates Airlines resumed scheduled flights to and from Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq from Sunday afternoon, a spokesperson said.

* Qatar Airways has also resumed services to Amman, Beirut and Baghdad, it said in a message on X on Sunday.

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