BA continues flights to Israel

A British Airways  plane passes the control tower  at Heathrow Airport

A British Airways plane passes the control tower at Heathrow Airport

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British Airways is to continue flights to Israel despite other airlines including easyJet suspending services to the war-torn country.

Some American and European countries have stopped Israeli flights after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

But BA said yesterday it was carrying on with its twice-daily London to Tel Aviv services.

"We are continuing to operate to Israel as normal," a BA spokeswoman said.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have suspended services between the US and Israel indefinitely, while Germany's Lufthansa and Air France have also suspended flights.

However, UK low-fare airline easyJet said it was scrapping Israel services scheduled for today.

EasyJet said: "The safety and security of easyJet's passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority.

"Due to the (American) Federal Aviation Administration's instruction to all United States' airlines to suspend their flights to Israel easyJet is suspending its services to and from Tel Aviv for 24 hours and as a result will not be operating Luton/Tel Aviv/Luton and Basel/Tel Aviv/Basel flights on Wednesday July 23.

"Thereafter, easyJet will review its operations to and from Israel on a day by day basis taking into account the advice from all relevant authorities.

"EasyJet will do all we can to look after our passengers. We will try to provide suitable and secure hotel accommodation for affected passengers and will fly affected passengers home as soon as we can."

EasyJet cancelled flights are EZS1191 0615 Basel - Tel Aviv, EZY2085 1225 London Luton - Tel Aviv, EZS1192 1215 Tel Aviv - Basel, EZY2086 2020 Tel Aviv - London Luton.

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