SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 23 June 2021, Wednesday |

UAE airlines Etihad, flydubai cancel Tel Aviv flights

United Arab Emirates airlines flydubai and Etihad Airways have called off flights to Tel Aviv, joining U.S. and European airlines in avoiding Israel in light of escalating hostilities there.

Airlines in the UAE, which established diplomatic relations with Israel last year, have only in the past few months launched regular services to Israel.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad announced on its website that it has suspended all cargo and passenger services to Tel Aviv from Sunday, citing the conflict.

“Etihad is monitoring the situation in Israel and continues to maintain close contact with authorities and security intelligence providers,” it said.

In turn, Flydubai has also cancelled flights from Dubai on Sunday, according to its website, though two flights operated on Saturday. Its website shows other flights are scheduled for next week.

The airline has recently operated fewer than its scheduled 4 daily flights, citing a drop in demand.

Palestinian factions have repeatedly shelled the Tel Aviv area during hostilities that flared up on Monday, prompting multiple carriers to call off flights this week.