Global airlines cancel flights to Israel as violence escalates

Global airlines are canceling flights to Israel as clashes between the country’s military and Palestinian militants in Gaza intensify.

Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL), Lufthansa (DLAKF) and British Airways have all canceled flights following days of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket attacks. Delta canceled at least six flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the airline. American Airlines has canceled flights between JFK and Tel Aviv through Saturday, a spokesperson said. United Airlines has also canceled flights to and from Tel Aviv through Saturday.

British Airways said it had canceled its flight between London and Tel Aviv scheduled for Thursday. “Like other airlines, we have canceled our flight to and from Tel Aviv today. The safety and security of our colleagues and customers is always our top priority, and we continue to monitor the situation closely,” the airline, which is owned by IAG (ICAGY), said in a statement. German airline Lufthansa is canceling flights to Israel through Friday. But it expects to resume flight operations beginning Saturday. “Lufthansa is closely monitoring the current situation in Israel and continues to maintain a close exchange with the authorities, security service providers and our own staff on the ground,” the airline said in a statement.

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