IDF Denies Disruption of Civilian Flights

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An El Al plane after take-off from Ben Gurion Airport. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
An El Al plane after take-off from Ben Gurion Airport. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

The IDF said on Wednesday that reports of Air Force operations causing delays in civilian flights were untrue, Globes reported.

The Israel Airports Authority had notified passengers and airlines that due to heightened Israel Air Force activity, civilian flight paths would be limited, resulting in schedule disruptions.

The IDF spokesman issued a swift denial, saying, “There has been no negative effect on these flight paths and we have even allocated additional paths to civilian aviation.”

The Air Force is required to maintain operational capability after the long holiday, which began on Friday, according to sources quoted by IDF Radio.

Ben Gurion Airport has been seeing the busiest days in its history. Last Thursday, an all-time record was broken in the number of passengers passing through the terminals.

On Wednesday, 77,000 passengers were expected to pass through the airport, aboard about 450 arriving and departing flights. Of these travelers, 40,000 are returning from Uman, Ukraine, after having visited the kever of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.