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U.S. airlines cancel flights to Tel Aviv amid escalating conflict

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May 12 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O), Delta Airlines (DAL.N) and American Airlines (AAL.O) have canceled flights between the US and Tel Aviv, according to data from the FlightAware flight tracker, in a growing conflict in Israel .

Israel said it killed 16 members of Hamas’ armed wing in Gaza with a barrage on Wednesday, and Palestinian gunmen rained rockets into Israel in one of their most violent hostilities in years. read more

United Airlines said it had canceled flights from Chicago and Newark, New Jersey to Tel Aviv on Tuesday and flights from San Francisco and Newark on Wednesday.

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“We have issued a travel waiver to allow customers to adjust their travel until May 25 and we will continue to monitor the situation,” a United spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for Delta, which flew to Tel Aviv from John F. Kennedy International Airport Kennedy (JFK) in New York, said it has issued a waiver of flights between Tuesday and Thursday and has “no determination regarding renewal at this junction.”

American Airlines, which also flies between Tel Aviv and JFK, said it had invited customers scheduled to fly on Wednesday and Thursday on alternate flights, without providing details, and issued a waiver for scheduled flights until May 25.

El Al Israel said earlier on Wednesday that it was ready to operate additional flights as required “to keep Israel’s skies open.” This may include special flights to return Israelis stranded “in places from which it is not possible to return home,” the statement said.

On Monday, Israel briefly halted takeoffs from Ben Gurion Airport and diverted incoming flights after a Hamas rocket barrage over the Tel Aviv area. The country has a smaller airport in the south, called Ramon, which is intended to serve as a stopping point in the event that threats in time of war force longer closures of Ben-Gurion.

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Reported by Tracy Rochinski, edited by Franklin Paul

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