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Amid Coronavirus Quarantines, Lufthansa Group Halts All Flights to Israel

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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

Adi Pick | 17:21  05.03.2020
German flagship airline Lufthansa will not be flying to Israel for a period of three weeks, including flights operated by its subsidiaries Swiss Airlines and Austrian Airlines, due to Israel’s restrictions on passengers returning from France, Germany, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland. The flights will be canceled from Sunday, March 8 until March 28.

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.
Lufthansa. Photo: Wikimedia Lufthansa. Photo: Wikimedia Lufthansa. Photo: Wikimedia
Passengers whose flight has been canceled can rebook free of charge or receive a refund of their ticket price, 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.
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