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Lufthansa to resume flights to Tel Aviv

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Lufthansa will resume flights to Tel Aviv starting Jan. 8, the airline said on Friday.

A Boeing 747 Lufthansa jumbo-jet arriving from Tel Aviv with Germans at the terminal at Frankfurt airport, October 12, 2023 Hannes Albert/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

Lufthansa will resume flights to Tel Aviv starting Jan. 8, the airline said on Friday, making it the one of the first major international carriers to announce a resumption in service cancelled in October following Hamas attacks.

While Israel did not close its airspace to civil flights after Hamas' gunmen stormed Israeli towns on Oct. 7, international airlines stopped flying to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and to Lebanon.

Lufthansa said it had resumed flights to Beirut on Friday along with Swiss Airlines and Eurowings.

Flights to Israel will be available for booking starting on Monday, Lufthansa said.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines both said on Friday that they have cancelled flights to and from Tel Aviv through March 29. Delta said it continues "to evaluate conditions related to this service in particular".

United Airlines said Friday its Tel Aviv flights will remain suspended until conditions permit.

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