Government arranges flights to get British nationals out of Israel

Flights will leave from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport later on Thursday


Passengers look at a departure board at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 7, 2023, as flights are canceled because of the Hamas surprise attacks. The conflict sparked major disruption at Tel Aviv airport, with American Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and Ryanair among carriers with cancelled flights. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP) (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Government has organised flights to help British nationals leave Israel.

The Foreign Office announced that the first flight is expected to leave Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport later on Thursday.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said they would facilitate commercial flights to the UK to help British nationals wanting to leave, with vulnerable people prioritised.

The Foreign Office will contact those eligible for the flights directly and British nationals should not make their way to the airport unless they are called.

Concerns remain high for the safety of British citizens in the region after the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel last week.

A rapid deployment team to assist British citizens on the ground has also been sent.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said earlier this week he was working with the aviation industry to ensure commercial flights remained available to Britons looking to leave.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic suspended flights between the United Kingdom and Israel on Wednesday, joining easyJet which had already halted the route, citing security concerns.

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