Ryanair cancels 960 flights due to Israel-Gaza conflict

Ryanair was forced to cancel almost 1,000 flights last month due to the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The disclosure of 960 flight cancellations came as Europe’s largest budget carrier reported a 4% year-on-year rise in passenger carryings in November to 11.7 million.

The performance gave Ryanair a rolling annual passenger total of 180.8 million, up by 14% on the 158.4 million achieved this time last year. The load factor was static at 92% in the month.

The airline has suspended flights to Tel Aviv and Aqaba until January 8.

Meanwhile, rival Wizz Air revealed that it has also suspended operations in Israel until early January 2024. 

The airline “continues to monitor the situation on the ground closely, and stands ready to redeploy capacity should conditions stabilise”.

The announcement came alongside November figures which showed Wizz Air carryings rise by 29.3% to 4.7 million passengers over the same month last year, giving a rolling total of 59.5 million.

British Airways has also further extended the suspension of flights from Heathrow to Tel Aviv until January 20.

Virgin Atlantic continues to say on its website that flights to Tel Aviv are due to resume on December 14.

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