Delta Air Lines said it will resume flights from the US to Israel from 7 June, eight months after suspending flights due to ongoing violence in the region. 

It is the second US airline to announce a resumption of flights from the US to Israel following the widespread suspension of commercial flights after Hamas’s attack on 7 October and Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. 

United Airlines restarted its service from Newark, NJ, to Tel Aviv on 6 March, following German flag carrier Lufthansa’s decision to resume flights to Israel’s largest airport Ben Gurion (TLV). 

Delta will also begin with its New York JFK to Tel Aviv route with its Airbus A330-900neo fleet. 

The airline said it would begin with approximately 2,000 seats between JFK and TLV per week, which equates to seven flights, presumably one per day. 

Airline management said it “continues to closely monitor the situation in Israel in conjunction with government and private-sector partners” while assessing increases to seats offered. 

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United previously flew to Tel Aviv from Chicago, San Francisco and Washington DC. The resumption of these flights could come later in 2024, depending on the airline’s evaluation of the security landscape and passenger take-up of other routes. 

Lufthansa began offering connections to Israel from Frankfurt and Munich in January, alongside its sibling airlines SWIZZ and Austria.

While many international airlines suspended services to Tel Aviv in October, Ben Gurion airport remained open despite missile attacks targeting the site early on in the recent round of conflict.