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EasyJet cancels flights to Israel amid Iran war fears

grounded easyjet planes
grounded easyjet planes

EasyJet has cancelled flights to Israel for almost a week amid fears Tel Aviv is preparing to launch a retaliation strike against Iran.

The airline had already paused flights to Tel Aviv until at least Tuesday but in a new statement said this would now continue until Sunday “due to the evolving situation”.

It comes amid concerns of escalating conflict in the Middle East after Iran launched a drone and missile strike against Israel on Saturday evening.

The Israeli government and its allies shot down almost all of the drones and missiles sent by Tehran but there are concerns Tel Aviv will launch its own attack on Iran in response. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the country’s war cabinet had approved both “offensive and defensive action” on Sunday evening.

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Joe Biden, the US president, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have both urged Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to show restraint.

While EasyJet has suspended services because of the uncertainty, rivals are continuing to fly.

British Airways said it intended to keep running services to Tel Aviv, with one flight departing Heathrow on Monday morning.

A spokesman said: “We are keeping everything under review but at present we have not altered our plans for flights to Tel Aviv.”

Commercial flights were allowed to resume from 7.30am local time, with Israeli flag carrier El Al saying it intended to begin operations “as soon as possible”.

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air also confirmed it had suspended services on Sunday but said it expected to resume flights on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Wizz Air said: “Wizz Air confirms that it cancelled its flights to Tel Aviv on Sunday, 14th of April and Monday, 15th of April, following the ongoing escalation in the region.

“The airline will resume flights as of Tuesday, 16th of April, however passengers may experience some schedule changes. The airline is closely monitoring the situation with the relevant authorities and keeping its passengers informed of all schedule changes.

“All passengers affected by the schedule changes will be provided with rebooking or refund options.

“The safety and security for our passengers, crew, and aircraft remains our number one priority. We hope that normality comes back to the region soon.”

An easyJet spokesman said: “Due to the evolving situation in Israel, easyJet has taken the decision to temporarily pause operations to and from Tel Aviv until the 21st of April.

“Customers on affected flights have been contacted directly via SMS and email via the details provided at the time of booking.

“The safety and security of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.”