Report: 50,000 Israelis Stranded as Flights Canceled Ahead of Pesach

By Aryeh Stern

Passengers at the departure hall in the Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv last week. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

According to a Channel 12 report on Sunday, approximately 50,000 Israelis are facing travel disruptions as their flights have been canceled in recent days, leaving them unable to travel for the upcoming Pesach. Some individuals are also stranded abroad, unable to return home for Yom Tov.

The cancellations come in the wake of Israel’s ongoing war against the Hamas and Iran’s recent attack on the country, leading multiple airlines to suspend or reduce their operations. As a result, carriers like Swiss, United, KLM, Air Canada, and easyJet have halted flights to and from Israel, with some cancellations occurring on short notice.

Pesach typically marks a peak travel period in Israel, attracting both incoming tourists and vacationing locals.

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