Czech Airlines still flying to Israel amid Gaza conflict

Tereza Holanová Tereza Holanová, Ivan Eckhardt
23. 7. 2014 16:14
Czech Republic's flagship carrier is one of few airlines to still operate to Israel. Most airline companies suspended flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday because of missile attacks from Gaza Strip
Foto: Vojtěch Marek

Tel Aviv, Prague - While most international airlines have suspended their flights to Tel Aviv because of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip, Czech Airlines (CSA) still flies to the country. The Czech flagship carrier's Tuesday evening flight to Tel Aviv departed as scheduled.

“Up to this moment, Czech Airlines has no information about any ban on operating to Israel or any operation restrictions imposed on the flight route or the airport, regardless of their reasons,” CSA spokesman Daniel Sabik told He added that the situation at the Tel Aviv airport is the same as in past weeks or months.

“If the security situation in Israel deteriorates or Czech or European authorities issue a ban on operating, Czech Airlines is ready to react accordingly,” said Sabik.

According to its website, CSA does not plan any changes in the next days.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned Delta Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines from flying into or out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport for up to 24 hours.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said it “strongly recommends” that European airlines avoid the Tel Aviv airport. Germany's Lufthansa Group and its subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss Air Lines have suspended flights to Israel from Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Cologne and Vienna for the next 36 hours.

Turkish Airlines, Air Canada, Air Serbia, Air Baltic, Wizzair, and KLM have suspended their services to Israel too.

“Ben Gurion Airport is safe and completely guarded and there is no reason whatsoever that American companies would stop their flights,” said the Israeli Transport Ministry.

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