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U.S. airlines cancel Tel Aviv flights after violence in Israel worsens

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U.S. airlines cancel Tel Aviv flights after violence in Israel worsens

Wearing a collection of swab specimens from a traveler at the COVID-19 rapid test booth at Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, on April 6, 2021.

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American airlines said on Wednesday that they had stopped flights to Tel Aviv after a deadly conflict in Israel escalated in the worst outbreak of violence there since 2014.

American Airlines said it had canceled its service between John F. Kennedy International Airport. Kennedy in New York to Tel Aviv scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, while United Airlines stopped service to Tel Aviv from Chicago and Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday and from San Francisco and Newark to Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Delta Airlines announced that it canceled the JFK-Tel Aviv service on Wednesday.

Airlines have an average of seven scheduled flights a day to Tel Aviv from the U.S. this month, according to airline Cirium.

The Israeli airline El Al announced on Wednesday that it plans to continue flights as planned, but said that passengers can change their flight without paying a fee or cancel for a voucher.

Israeli authorities briefly stopped flights at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv earlier this week after Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv, Reuters reported.

“In addition, in order to allow our customers to keep in touch with their families during the flight, EL AL will allow free use of the WhatsApp service on flights with WiFi,” the supplier said.

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