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CY’s night flight to Israel not deterred by Hamas airport threat

Cyprus Airways (CY) said on Thursday it was operating its night flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv as scheduled, despite the resumption of hostilities and the threat by Hamas to  target the airport.

Hamas warned airlines to stay away on Thursday morning. It said it had fired a rocket towards Ben Gurion, but an Israeli airport spokesman said there were no disruptions reported to Thursday’s flight schedules. Israel says its main gateway is protected against Hamas’s inaccurate rockets, many of which have been shot down by the Iron Dome missile interceptor.

CY Airline official Andreas Georgiou told the Cyprus News Agency Thursday night’s flight would go ahead, barring a major event.

“At present the night flight is scheduled to depart from Larnaca shortly before midnight,” he said. “However the situation is fluid and the information is changing from hour to hour.”

Cyprus Airways is in contact with the authorities at the airport in Tel Aviv, and monitoring the communications of the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA (FAA), and also what the major airlines such as British Airways, air France and KLM are doing.

The airline is also in contact with the foreign ministry, he said.

Thursday night’s flight was fully booked, he said.

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