KLM will stop flying to Tel Aviv again in July

KLM had just resumed its flights to Tel Aviv last month. The airline previously suspended those flights after the Hamas attacks in Israel on October 7 and the outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip.

During April, the flights were stopped again for a while. That was because Iran fired dozens of drones at Israel. Later, KLM deemed the situation safe enough to fly to Tel Aviv.

Yet the situation was never completely back to normal. Currently, until the end of June, the flights are operated with a special stopover at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus. This means that no crew has to spend the night in Israel.

It is not entirely clear from the words of a spokeswoman why KLM exactly wants to cancel the flights again. Little appears to have changed in the security situation. Moreover, the decision to avoid Tel Aviv again will not take effect until July. But the war may have reduced demand for flights to Israel.

“Customers with a flight ticket to/from Tel Aviv and a travel date between July 1 and August 31 will be rebooked or get their money back,” the spokeswoman said. The travel planner on KLM’s website shows that travelers in July, for example, can still get to Tel Aviv with a transfer in Paris.