The Airline That Kept Flying to Israel: Egypt's Air Sinai

The decision to continue scheduled flights to Ben-Gurion airport was likely made by Cairo's leadership.

A departure flight board displays various canceled and delayed flights in Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport.
A departure flight board displays various canceled and delayed flights in Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport. Credit: AP

Egypt's Air Sinai has continued its scheduled flights to Israel, despite the cancellation of flights by numerous American and European airlines, according to Calcalist.

The Egyptian carrier runs four weekly flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport.
The decision to continue flying to Israel must have been made at the highest echelons, and is meant to send a message to Hamas, which Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi regards with disdain, Calcalist reported.

The Egyptian decision has prompted harsh criticism by many Arab web users on social networks.

Both U.S. and European aviation authorities banned flights to and from Israel earlier this week after a rocket from Gaza struck a home in Yehud, a town close to the airport.

The U.S Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday rescinded its ban upon receiving security assurances from Israel's civil aviation authority.
Europe's Air Safety Agency said Thursday lifted its ban a few hours later.

Royal Jordanian Airlines announced Wednesday that it was suspending itsf flights to Ben- Gurion airport, due to security concerns.

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