Kuwait Airways preferred to cancel its highly profitable flight from New York to London to avoid serving passengers holding the Israeli passport.
According to the New York Post, the airliner pulled the flight from New York’s JFK Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport to abide by the Kuwaiti law which prohibits its citizens from doing business with Israelis.
American officials threatened to pull the airline’s permit to fly to the United States if they continue to discriminate against Israelis, so the airline nixed the flight altogether.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) in September warned the Kuwaiti carrier that it had “unlawfully discriminated” against a passenger using a Zionist passport by refusing to sell him a ticket.
It sent a letter giving the airline 15 days to outline how it would in the future comply with anti-discrimination laws.
The DOT’s action followed a complaint from an Israeli, Eldad Gatt, who said he attempted to buy a ticket online through Kuwait Airways in 2013, but could not select Israel as his passport-issuer.
Kuwait Airways response, according to the DOT, appears to have been to drop its London-New York route.
“On December 15th, Kuwait Airways informed the US DOT that they will be eliminating service between JFK and London Heathrow,” a spokesperson for the DOT told CNN.
The airline still has a flight from New York to Kuwait from JFK, the Post reports, adding that US officials cannot require the company to allow ‘Israeli’ passport holders on that flight because “Zionists are not allowed in the country.”
The flight route from JFK to Heathrow is the busiest overall between an airport in the European Union and an airport outside it, according to Eurostat.