Amid Coronavirus Quarantines, Lufthansa Group Halts All Flights to Israel
All Lufthansa flights, including flights operated by its subsidiaries Swiss Airlines and Austrian Airlines, will be canceled from Sunday, March 8 until March 28
SWISS to suspend Tel Aviv services until 28 March. The action is being taken in view of a new requirement by the Israeli health authorities. The last SWISS flight to/from Tel Aviv – LX252/3 – will operate on 7 March. More information: https://t.co/yuZCd0f06b pic.twitter.com/RlAeRnZgeF— Swiss Intl Air Lines (@FlySWISS) March 5, 2020
In an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Israel, the country has forbidden the citizens of China, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and Italy from entering the country. All Israelis returning from these countries must enter a two-week at-home quarantine. On Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and health minister Yaakov Litzman convened a joint press conference and extended the restrictions to France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Austria. Litzman also announced restrictions on gatherings of over 5,000 people. Swiss Airlines said in a statement. The airline has reduced its overall number of flights by around 20% on the short-haul network and by around 10% on the long-haul network, according to its statement.