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Air Canada resumes flights to Israel after six-month pause due to Israel-Hamas war

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Air Canada has resumed service between Canada and Israel following a six-month pause. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

MONTREAL — Air Canada has resumed service between Canada and Israel following a six-month pause.

The airline says flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv resumed April 9, and a once-weekly flight between Montreal and Tel Aviv will resume in May.

The Montreal-based Air Canada, like most other international carriers, suspended service to Ben Gurion International Airport on Oct. 8 after the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas.

The airline says that in preparation for resuming service, it has undertaken an extensive safety analysis, including consultations with government authorities, unions representing its flight crews, and security experts.

The federal government still advises Canadians avoid non-essential travel to Israel due to the ongoing hostilities and the unpredictable security situation.

A number of international carriers, including United Airlines and Ryanair, have also recently announced the resumption of service to Israel.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2024.

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