Israel has refused to service aircraft – Belavia is forced to cancel flights to Tel-Aviv
The Israel Aviation Authorities refused Belavia to service aircraft at Ben Gurion airport, in connection with which the airline was forced to cancel previously scheduled flights to Tel-Aviv. Israel announced its decision despite the fact that initially, on May 15, 2022 they gave an official permission for flights and approved the flight program according to the new schedule (with a technical landing in Baku).
“Based on the permission issued, the airline began selling the tickets for new flights, the first of which was scheduled on June 2. A sudden decision of the Israel side to cancel the previous agreements impresses”, - marked Igor Cherginets, CEO of the airline.
Due to the refusal of Israel, the airline is forced to cancel all the scheduled flights till the end of the summer season (October 27, 2022).
The passengers who purchased tickets for Minsk-Tel-Aviv-Minsk fights earlier, as well as for flights on a new route through Baku, are guaranteed the refund of the cost in full. For a refund, it is necessary to apply to the place of ticket purchasing.
Belavia Belarusian Airline has been operating regular flights from Minsk to Tel-Aviv since 1996, and there has always been interest in the route promotion, one of the highly-demanded among passengers due to many factors: close family bounds between the citizens of Belarus and Israel, popularity of Israel resorts, medical tourism and a wide range of health opportunities.
“We regret that the planned meetings of relatives will not happen, the citizens of Israel will not be able to fly to Belarus and spend a hot summer in a milder climate, and the citizens of Belarus will not be able to improve their health at the resorts of the Red and the Dead Seas”, - said Igor Cherginets. “We are really regret the possible losses, that all the participants in a tourism industry of Belarus and Israel will suffer as a result of the cancellation of previously booked and paid vouchers, but pay your attention, please, that the unilateral decision of the Israel side led to this situation”. Igor Cherginets also noted that since February of the current year since the suspension of flights, the airline has been taking all the possible measures to restore flights.
We do apologize for the current situation, which has developed contrary to our desires to provide our passengers with the possibility of direct flights.