Gaza Crisis: Nigeria To Israel Flights Still Operating Despite Ongoing War


Despite the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian resistance group, major airlines still operate flights from Nigeria to Tel Aviv Airport, Israel.

According to a report by Business Day, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways, the two major airlines that connect flights from Nigeria to Israel, are still operating flights to Tel Aviv Airport.

President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Susan Akporiaye, said airlines are still flying from Nigeria to Israel because people are going there for different reasons, and only some places in Israel have the crisis.

Her words:

“People still go to where they want to go and do what they want to do where there are no problems and come back. That is why there has been no announcement of flight cancellations to Israel.

“It is only when it gets to the extent that all their borders are closed that they cancel flights. If their border is not closed, flights will still go.

“The only thing that would happen is that they may reduce frequency because people will have reservations about travelling. If this happens, traffic will reduce, and airlines will reduce frequencies.”

She stated that Nigerians hardly travel to Israel with European airlines because of transit visa requirements.

Meanwhile, dozens of flights to and from Tel Aviv to other countries have been cancelled by major airlines Saturday and Sunday after the Palestinian terror group Hamas launched a large-scale attack, stranding holiday tourists in Israel and leaving Israelis abroad scrambling to return home.

American Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, and Ryanair were pulling flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

However, airlines did not stop commercial air links with Israel’s second international airport at Eilat, a tourist destination on the Red Sea.




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