Delta has announced that it’ll suspend operations towards Tel Aviv in Israel until October 31, 2023, at the earliest.
The decision from the major U.S. carrier comes following escalating tensions in the region that put commercial operations at risk.
U.S. Airlines Scramble To Cancel Flights
Yesterday, Delta was one of the big three airlines that announced they’d halt flights to and from Israel. However, at the time, it had yet to put a timeframe on resumption.
During this initial announcement, the carriers said they would only resume services when they believed safety could be assured for their passengers, crew and general operations.
Security and safety for these airlines are of the highest priority. As such, there are considerable concerns for protecting all involved if these flights continue.
As Delta continues to monitor events in the region, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Delta operated TLV [Tel Aviv] flights through October 31, 2023.Delta Air Lines Official Statement
Delta’s Israel Operations Before Cancelling Flights
Per Cirium data, Delta operated 58 flights in September 2023 between Atlanta and Tel Aviv.
Additionally, 55 flights were offered between New York JFK and Tel Aviv for September 2023, a 6.8% drop over 2022’s performance for the same month.
Lastly, the Boston Logan and Tel Aviv pairing saw 26 total flights for September 2023. This frequency stayed the same year-on-year from 2022.
Delta Explores Other Means To Help
Per Fox News Digital, Delta noted that it would work directly with the U.S. government to assist those who need or want to return home.
This would likely be done in the manner of repatriation flights. Something witnessed during the global pandemic when citizens were stuck globally.
Additionally, the airline will look towards key partner airlines still flying throughout the region to help customers who have had their Delta flights cancelled.