Kingdom issues statement amid unrest in Israel, ET TravelWorld
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Kingdom issues statement amid unrest in Israel, ET TravelWorld

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In the wake of the recent unrest and attacks in Gaza, Jordan has reaffirmed its status as a secure and welcoming destination for tourists hailing from all corners of the globe. In an official public statement, the Kingdom has underlined its commitment to preserving its reputation as a safe and hospitable tourist destination.

Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of Jordan Tourism Board further reassured visitors that Jordan’s borders continue to remain open to tourists.

“We understand that tensions around the world can raise concerns, but we believe in the power of travel to foster understanding and build bridges between nations. We invite travellers to explore the wonders of Jordan, to connect with our warm and friendly people, and to create lasting memories in a nation where the spirit of hospitality has been a tradition for centuries,” he said.

“The Jordan Tourism Board is here to assist and support tourists in making the most of their visit. We look forward to welcoming you to Jordan and ensuring your experience is both enriching and safe,” he reassured.

Tourists flock to Jordan for various reasons, including its cultural heritage, landscapes, and dynamic urban centers. “The country remains resilient and well-prepared to offer unforgettable journeys,” the statement further proclaimed.

Several airlines including Air India suspend flights to Israel amidst escalating conflict

Air India, in response to the ongoing Hamas offensive, has suspended its operations to and from Delhi-Tel Aviv until October 14. The airline operates five weekly flights connecting the national capital to Tel Aviv, with services scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additionally, US-based air carriers United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines announced the suspension of their direct flights to Tel Aviv, as did Air France.

On the other hand, Israel‘s declaration of war against Hamas on October 7 followed by several attacks has had ripple effects in the travel and tourism industry. Several airlines have responded with flight cancellations, citing security concerns. Cathay Pacific, for instance, has axed its Tel Aviv flights, while Air Canada has temporarily suspended all its flights to Israel. Among the many others, Ryanair from Ireland, facing operational constraints, has canceled Tel Aviv flights until October 11 and American Airlines has suspended flights till December 4. Indian carrier Air India, as well as Lufthansa, and Norwegian Air have all canceled flights until October 14 or 15. Korean Air has canceled a flight but intends to repatriate Korean citizens from Tel Aviv to Incheon.

In a similar vein, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has also discouraged tours within the country, in response to the looming threat of a potential ground assault on Gaza following Hamas’s attack.

  • Published On Oct 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM IST

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