Aegean Airlines is among the significant airlines that have cancelled flights to Tel Aviv due to the intensifying conflict.

Ben Gurion

This weekend, major airlines cancelled many flights to Tel Aviv due to a surprise attack launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas against Israel.

Airlines such as American Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, and Ryanair suspended their flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. However, it's worth noting that commercial air links with Israel's second international airport in Eilat, a popular tourist destination on the Red Sea, were not interrupted.

Israel's national carrier, El Al, announced that it would continue its Tel Aviv flights for now, although some flights operated by foreign partners had to be cancelled. El Al emphasized that it was following the instructions of Israeli security forces and had shifted all departures to Terminal Three at Ben Gurion Airport. Like most other airlines, El Al also offered its clients the flexibility to change their tickets without incurring additional charges.

In Athens, the foreign ministry was actively working to repatriate 149 Greek tourists from Israel, with 81 expected to return on a late Sunday El Al flight.

Following the wave of flight cancellations on Saturday, Spain's AENA airports operator informed AFP that four out of nine flights scheduled to Tel Aviv on Sunday had been cancelled, with two originating from Madrid and two from Barcelona. However, nine flights from Tel Aviv to Spanish airports remained unaffected at that point.

Spain's Air Europa announced the cancellation of its two scheduled flights between Madrid and Tel Aviv, while Iberia Express, the low-cost subsidiary of the national carrier Iberia, proceeded with a Madrid-Tel Aviv flight after suspending two flights on Saturday.

Vueling, a low-cost airline based in Barcelona, noted that due to the situation in Israel, "flights to/from Tel Aviv are affected and experiencing delays."

Lufthansa, a German carrier, cited "the current security situation" on Saturday as the reason for cancelling all flights to and from Tel Aviv "up until and including Monday."

Air France also confirmed that it had suspended Tel Aviv flights "until further notice," Transavia, the low-cost carrier within the Air France-KLM group, cancelled all flights from Paris and Lyon to Tel Aviv up to and including Monday.

Italy's ITA Airways cancelled its flights until at least Sunday morning "to protect the safety of passengers and crew," while Polish carrier LOT scrapped its flights from the Polish capital on Saturday.

United Airlines, based in the United States, informed AFP that its Tel Aviv flights would remain suspended until conditions permitted their resumption. The airline mentioned that it had already operated two scheduled flights out of Tel Aviv late Saturday and early Sunday, accommodating passengers, crews, and employee travellers at the airport.

Several other airlines also suspended their flights, including Aegean, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Wizz Air, and Air Canada.

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