El Al Suspends Johannesburg Route Amid World Court Case
JERUSALEM – Israel’s national carrier, El Al Israel Airlines (ELAL.TA), announced the suspension of its Johannesburg route at the end of March due to a significant decline in demand. This decision comes after South Africa accused Israel of genocide at the World Court. The airline cited both the drop in passenger numbers and the current security situation.
An El Al spokesperson stated, “Israelis don’t want to fly to South Africa; they are canceling flights, and planes are pretty empty. We understand it’s the situation because it was different before.”
The move precedes the U.N. court’s impending ruling on South Africa’s request for emergency measures against Israel. The request includes a call for Israel to cease its military operations in Gaza, where it faces allegations of state-led genocide. Israel has urged the court to reject the case outright, with a government spokesperson expressing expectations that the U.N.’s top court will dismiss what they described as “spurious and specious charges.”
The decision to suspend the Johannesburg route reflects broader repercussions stemming from the ongoing legal proceedings and the tense situation in the region.