Largest Air Travel Disruption Since 9/11

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.15 - 2024 10:35 AM CET

In response to Iran's missile and drone attacks, global airlines face significant disruptions.

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Dutch airline KLM, part of the Air France-KLM group, has canceled all flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice.

This decision comes amidst widespread disruptions triggered by Iran's recent missile and drone attacks on Israel, affecting numerous global airlines and prompting extensive cancellations and reroutes.

This development was reported by CNN.

Widespread Impact on Global Airlines

Over the past two days, at least a dozen airlines, including Qantas, Lufthansa, United Airlines, and Air India, have had to adjust their operations either by canceling flights directly or rerouting around conflict zones.

This widespread disruption is the most significant since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The situation escalated when Israel decided to close its airspace on Saturday, a move that was mirrored by neighboring countries including Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon.

There was a partial resolution as these nations reopened their airspaces by Sunday morning, allowing some flights to resume.

By Sunday, major Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways announced the resumption of their operations in the region. These airlines had initially canceled or rerouted flights as a precautionary measure following the attacks.

According to Mark Zee, founder of OPSGROUP, an organization that monitors airspace and airport operations, the scale of these disruptions has not been seen since the 9/11 attacks.

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