The full-scale conflict between Palestinian militant group Hamas and the state of Israel is beginning to disrupt commercial operations in the maritime sector, though the extent so far is limited to specific sectors and locations.
FedEx Express joined a long list of airlines that have sharply reduced international flights into Israel after a large attack by Hamas insurgents from Gaza over the weekend, but other cargo operators are trying to keep air cargo traffic flowing during the war despite the risk in the air and at Tel Aviv airport.
UPS late Monday also said it had stopped flying to Israel.
Major airlines have suspended flights in and out of Israel after the nation declared war following a massive attack by Hamas.
Israel hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza and Palestinian militants continued firing barrages of rockets, setting off air raid sirens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Video posted online appeared to show a plume of smoke near a terminal at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.
The escalation of military tensions in Israel has resulted in major flight disruptions, with several airlines suspending operations due to the ongoing situation.
Hamas fighters killed 700 Israelis and abducted many in Saturday's attacks, prompting Israel to retaliate by striking the Gaza Strip.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways cancelled its flights between the UAE capital and Tel Aviv on October 9, after two days of flight disruptions. In an update posted on its website, the airline stated that Etihad Airways flight EY593/EY594 between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Tel Aviv (TLV) on 09 October had been cancelled “in response to the ongoing issues in Israel”.
As the situation remains fluid, our teams are closely monitoring, and will inform our clients of any updates we might receive both from Ocean and Air carriers.
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