British Airways said on Wednesday it was suspending its flights to and from Tel Aviv amid safety concerns as Israel intensifies its military response to Hamas’s weekend attack.
The move came hours after the UK airline turned around one of its flights from London’s Heathrow Airport to Tel Aviv in mid-air, citing fears over the security situation in Israel and the region.
Israel maintained its bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday while also striking targets in southern Lebanon, as armed wings of Hamas movement continue to fire rockets.
“Safety is always our highest priority and following the latest assessment of the situation we’re suspending our flights to and from Tel Aviv,” British Airways said in a statement.
“We’re contacting customers booked to travel to or from Tel Aviv to apologize for the inconvenience and offer options including a full refund and rebooking with another airline or with British Airways at a later date.
“We continue to monitor the situation in the region closely,” it added.
Numerous major airlines, including Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and the big U.S. international carriers, have all suspended flights to Tel Aviv since Hamas launched its assault on Israel on Saturday.
British airline Virgin Atlantic continues to fly between London Heathrow and the Israeli city, however.