By Eve Brennan | CNN
A British Airways flight from London to Tel Aviv made an abrupt U-turn shortly earlier than it was due land within the Israeli metropolis on Wednesday because the airline canceled all flights to the vacation spot amid security issues.
Flight BA165 from London’s Heathrow Airport was on the strategy to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Worldwide Airport when it was recalled to its unique vacation spot, in accordance with the FlightRadar24 airplane monitoring web site.
British Airways confirmed to CNN that the flight was rotated shortly earlier than it was resulting from land within the northern Israeli metropolis, which has come beneath rocket hearth as intense preventing rages between Israel forces and Hamas.
The airline mentioned it had halted providers to and from Tel Aviv as of late Wednesday.
“Security is all the time our highest precedence and following the most recent evaluation of the state of affairs, we’re suspending our flights to and from Tel Aviv,” it mentioned in an announcement to CNN.
The airline mentioned it was contacting clients booked to journey to or from Tel Aviv to apologize for the disruption and to supply choices together with refunds or rebooking with different airways.
“We proceed to observe the state of affairs within the area intently.” British Airways didn’t say when flights would resume.
What different airways are doing
Quite a few different worldwide airways with connections to Tel Aviv have suspended providers as assaults have escalated.
Virgin Atlantic and US carriers together with Delta, United and American Airways have all canceled flights or codeshare providers in latest days.
In the meantime, many international locations have added particular repatriation flights to airlift their residents out of Israel.
CNN’s Barry Neild contributed to this report