Airlines end crew stopovers in Israel following Tel Aviv bombing
Several airlines have rearranged schedules so their crews will not have to stay overnight in Israel following a recent deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, officials said Sunday, June 10.
The German carrier Lufthansa has arranged for its crews to stay only three hours in Israel, a company spokesman told AFP. "The bombing and the attacks the day after against a nearby mosque occurred near a hotel where crews stay, and they were very affected," the spokesman said.
Alitalia has made a similar change. Both airlines stressed they have not cancelled any flights to Israel.
For several days Air France has stopped in Cyprus on its Paris-Tel Aviv route so its crews would not have to sleep in Israel.
Both Air France and the US airline Delta cancelled flights to Israel the weekend of the June 1 bombing of a Tel Aviv discotheque, which killed 20 young people and the Palestinian bomber.
Following the bombing, angry Israelis threw stones at a Tel Aviv-area mosque, in a seven-hour confrontation that was broken up by police.
Israel's deputy transport minister, Avi Yehezkel, last week lashed out at Air France and Delta for scrapping flights to Israel and threatened to cancel any future requests by the two airlines for supplementary flights. ― (AFP, Jerusalem)
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