Israeli Airline “El Al” Suspends Flights to South Africa Amid Security Concerns

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Israel’s airline, “El Al,” announced the suspension of its flights to South Africa, citing a decline in demand amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement released on Friday, the airline explained, “Due to the current security situation, we have noticed a significant drop in demand from Israeli passengers to various destinations, especially Johannesburg.” Consequently, the decision was made to suspend flights to South Africa, effective at the end of March 2024.

The announcement comes just hours before a session at the International Court of Justice, where an initial ruling is expected in a case brought by South Africa against Israel. The case alleges Israel’s involvement in “acts of genocide” in the Gaza Strip.

The security situation in the region has impacted travel preferences for Israeli passengers, prompting El Al to reevaluate its flight operations. The airline’s decision to temporarily halt flights to South Africa reflects the broader challenges the aviation industry faces amid geopolitical tensions.

As the situation unfolds, the airline industry remains vigilant, adapting to changing circumstances and responding to the evolving security landscape. Stay tuned for further updates on developments related to the airline’s decision and the ongoing proceedings at the International Court of Justice.


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