'Flytilla' airline cancels passengers' tickets

'Flytilla' airline cancels passengers' tickets

British airline Jet2.com said Saturday it has cancelled tickets for an unspecified number of passengers planning to attend a pro-Palestinian activist gathering after Israel raised objections.

The Guardian newspaper had reported that Jet2.com contacted three women passengers late Friday to inform them that their seats were canceled on a flight to Tel Aviv scheduled to take off from Manchester, northern England, at 0900 GMT on Sunday.

However, a company spokeswoman declined to comment on the number of affected passengers, adding that all the airline’s tickets are non-refundable.

The news comes after German airline Lufthansa on Friday canceled dozens of tickets of pro-Palestinian activists for this weekend, adding that it was complying with Israeli advice.

Israeli security forces last week began bracing for a “fly-in” of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists expected to arrive at Ben Gurion airport this weekend.

The activists, mainly from European countries, are expected to try to fly into Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, with the goal of traveling to the Palestinian West Bank.

The so-called “Welcome to Palestine” campaign, which has been dubbed a “flytilla,” is taking place for a third consecutive year.