LOT suspends flights to Israel owing to military conflict

Polish flag-carrier LOT has cancelled all flights to Tel Aviv due to worsening violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the airline's spokesperson announced on Thursday.

Krzysztof Moczulski told PAP on Thursday: "LOT has suspended flights to Israel for the time being, today's flight from Warsaw to Tel Aviv has been cancelled. The resumption of flights will depend on the development of the situation in Tel Aviv. Each time a security analysis will be made and our decisions will be made in this regard. I foresee that we will not be flying there over the coming days."

Since Monday, rocket attacks against Israel have been launched from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. In turn, Israel has bombed targets in this Palestinian inhabited enclave. So far, seven people have been killed on the Israeli side, and at least 83 in the Gaza Strip.

Moczulski added that in keeping with the current schedule, until the end of May, LOT planned an average of three connections a week on the Warsaw-Tel Aviv route.

Due to the escalation of the conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Iberia have all cancelled their flights to Tel Aviv. Flights between the US and Tel Aviv have also been suspended by United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.