Airlines cut flights to Israel amid armed conflict

The airline canceled flights to Tel Aviv on Saturday. As of midday, about 15% of flights to Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel’s main international hub, had been canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. The airport sits outside Tel Aviv, where explosions could be heard on Saturday. According to FlightRadar24, some flights were diverted to other airports.

Delta Air Lines canceled flights to Tel Aviv and through the weekend. The airline said it is working to repatriate employees to the United States and is working with the government to bring back U.S. citizens who wish to return.

American Airlines temporarily suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv on Saturday and Sunday. The airline said it will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

United Airlines Flight 954 was en route from San Francisco to Tel Aviv when it returned to the United States early Saturday morning. United said it was temporarily suspending operations at Tel Aviv following two scheduled departures from the airport on Saturday.

Germany’s Lufthansa said it was reducing flights to Tel Aviv on Saturday, canceling all but one flight from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt. An airline spokesperson said it is monitoring the situation and is in touch with the authorities.

Other airlines said they were monitoring the situation but continuing to operate. British Airways has announced that it has implemented a flexible booking policy that allows customers to change their travel plans.

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