Non-Israeli airlines cancel flights this week amid rocket fire

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Foreign airlines cancel their services to and from Israel due to the rocket fire by terror groups in the Gaza Strip, leaving Israeli companies alone in offering flight connections abroad.

On Saturday, Fly Dubai and Etihad Air, two carriers with lines to the United Arab Emirates, both halted operations, Hebrew media reports. They joined a slew of other airlines that canceled flights in the past few days.

Airlines have pulled out despite Israel last week arranging to divert some incoming flights away from Ben Gurion Airport, the main international terminus, to land at Ramon Airport in the south of the country.

The cancellations cover flights that were scheduled through Tuesday for the most part. The Ben Gurion Airport flight board shows that many airlines still have flights scheduled from May 19.

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