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100s of flight passengers stranded in Israel

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100s of flight passengers stranded in Israel
Photo: EL AL jet plane at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Shutterstock
01:42 CEST+02:00
The decision by Norway's top airline companies to halt flights to and from Israel, left over 400 of their passengers stranded at Tel Aviv's airport on Wednesday.
The flight cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday by SAS left more than 300 passengers in dissaray.
 
SAS's head of press, Trine Kromann, said to NTB: "We offered hotel accommodations to those who needed it, but only a few booked into a hotel. We also succeeded re-booking five to ten people back home. The remaining people found solutions by themselves."
 
Meanwhile, around 100 Norwegian airlines passengers should have travelled from Tel Aviv to Arlanda airport, Stockholm on Wednesday.
 
Holmbergh Jacobsson of Norwegian Airlines said: "We've done whatever we could to find alternative solutions, but most airline companies won't fly out from Tel Aviv. It is still high risk. Passengers are offered hotela, food and drink."
 
Many passengers, who should have travelled with SAS and Norwegian from Tel Aviv on Wednesday, didn't go further, since the airline companies decided on Tuesday to cancel flights due to safety measures. Many international airline companies have also cancelled flights to Israel because of the safety situation.

Norwegian has confirmed cancellation of Thursday’s planned departure to Tel Aviv. SAS is still considering their move.
 
Norwegian had a flight from Stockholm to Tel Aviv on Thursday morning and returning the same day. On Wednesday evening the company decided to cancel the flight.
 
Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson, head of information at Norwegian, said: "We have evaluated the safety situation and, as we said the whole time, we were very likely to cancel."
 
SAS still has a departure from Stockholm to Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.
 
"The airline company will make a decision on Thursday whether this flight will be cancelled or not," advised SAS’s Trine Kromann.
 
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