DALLAS – Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair (FR) has canceled all flights to and from Israel during March and April, in response to the situation in Gaza.

Though FR does not fly to Israel from the UK or Ireland, it does operate flights from several cities in Europe, including Brussels (CRL), Vienna (VIE), Malta (MLA), Budapest (BUD), Poznan (POZ), Bucharest (OTP), Vilnius (VNO) and Marseille (MRS).

A spokesperson for the Irish carrier confirmed that the carrier canceled all its flights to and from Israel from February 27 after Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) closed its low-cost Terminal 1, which FR previously used. The LCC has been contacting passengers booked to fly to Israel on its flights to either change date or claim a refund.

“Ryanair remains committed to Tel Aviv and looks forward to resuming operations when the low-cost Terminal 1 is re-opened. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to passengers as a result of these regrettable cancellations.”

Ryanair spokesperson told The Journal.

Ryanair (EI-DHP) Boeing 737-8AS(WL). Photo: Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways.

Flight Disruptions Due to the Gaza Conflict

While there was hope that many airlines would restart scheduled services to Israel in the coming weeks, the recent escalation of hostilities in the region has forced airlines to reconsider the restart dates for their flights to Israel.

Ryanair is offering affected passengers the option to rebook for later dates or receive a refund, as it’s not operating flights to or from Israel. The LCC had already canceled its flights to Israel on October 7 but had recently renewed some of its flights.

“You are entitled to be re-routed to your final destination, under comparable transport conditions, either at the earlier opportunity to at a later data at your convenience, subject to availability.”


Last year, following the attacks by Hamas militants on October 7, most international airlines suspended their scheduled flights to Israel. Israel’s flag carrier, El Al (LY), privately owned airlines Israir (6H), and Arkia (IZ) have been operating flights their flights throughout this period, providing much-needed air connectivity at this time.

Feature Image: Ryanair 9H-QDK Boeing 737-800. Photo: Julian Schöpfer/Airways

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