Etihad and flydubai suspend Tel Aviv flights

There is no indication of when operations will resume

UAE-based carriers Etihad Airways and flydubai have joined American and European airlines in suspending flights to Tel Aviv in order to avoid the escalating hostilities in Israel.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has suspended all passenger and cargo services to Tel Aviv from Sunday, 16 May. A statement on the airline’s website said: “Etihad is monitoring the situation in Israel and continues to maintain close contact with authorities and security intelligence providers.”

Flydubai has also suspended flights from Dubai to Tel Aviv from Sunday, 16 May. The airline has recently operated fewer than its scheduled four daily flights, citing a drop in demand.

Airlines in the UAE, which recently normalised diplomatic relations with Israel, had only launched regular flights to Israel this year.

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