Korean Air will resume direct flights to Israel on September 13. The company shut down flights to and from Israel at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in mid-July.
The suspension of Korean Air’s Israel service was instituted as of July 19, before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered a temporary halt by American carriers to and from Israel. Korean Air said that safety concerns over flying into Ben Gurion International Airport while Hamas rockets were fired at Israel was the main reason.
Officials of the airline announced that they had changed their minds on flying to Israel in light of the cease-fire announced Tuesday. The officials said they expected the cease-fire to remain in place, and that if it continued holding by mid-September, flights would be able to resume.
Korean Air has been flying to Israel since 2008. It is the first Asian airline to fly to Ben Gurion airport, flying from Seoul three times a week.