Transavia Flies to Israel Despite General Strike

Airline Transavia still flies to Israel despite a general strike in that country. As a result, no flights departing from Tel Aviv airport. But as it looks now, planes can land there, says Transavia.

The low-cost carrier has two flights planned from Schiphol to Tel Aviv.

Transavia is closely monitoring the situation in Israel, a spokesman said. According to the spokesperson, it could be diverted or returned if something changes during the flight.

KLM does not know whether Monday’s only flight to Tel Aviv can continue. The airline is still discussing whether this can be done safely.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has called the general strike to protest the proposed reform of the judiciary. The reforms are controversial because they significantly limit the power of the Supreme Court and increase that of Parliament. Opponents see this as a threat to democracy because less control is possible for the executive.

Several companies in Israel have called to join the strike. IT companies and restaurants such as McDonald’s, among others, are participating. In addition, the trains in the country are running, and many Israelis are travelling to Jerusalem to join an anti-government demonstration.

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