El Al drastically cuts its schedule

El Al Israel Airlines made this announcement:

El Al will continue to maintain the air link between Israel and the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and South Africa. We are offering full flexibility to customers who have tickets for travel through March 31, 2020, and want to advance their return. There will be no change fees or any difference in fare.

As of this Saturday, March 14, 2020, El Al will gradually adjust its flight schedule to Israel from most gateway cities in North America.

El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin stated, “In recent days and hours, reports of a complete halt by foreign airlines to Ben Gurion International Airport are mounting in light of the new restrictions imposed by the Israel Ministry of Health as well as a decrease in demand. After assessing the current situation, El Al is forced to temporarily and gradually suspend flights on most of the airline’s worldwide routes, including gateway cities in North America, starting this Sunday, March 15, 2020. As the national airline of Israel, El Al will maintain the air link between Israel and the New York (JFK/Newark), Toronto, London, Paris, and Johannesburg for both passenger and cargo traffic.”

El Al continues to closely monitor new guidelines set forth by the Israel Ministry of Health and is fully prepared to resume flights quickly to various destinations throughout the world, according to operational and commercial needs.

Here is the adjusted flight schedule from other USA gateway cities until we are able to resume normal operations as soon as possible:

– The last departure from Las Vegas is Saturday, March 14th.

– The last departure from Boston is this Sunday, March 15th.

– The last departure from San Francisco is Monday, March 16th.

– The last departure from Miami is Wednesday, March 18th.

– The last departure from Los Angeles is Thursday, March 19th.

We are recommending that all of our customers advance their return flight to North America.

As a reminder, El Al is allowing customers holding tickets for travel through April 30, 2020, to postpone flights or freeze their tickets for departures starting May 1, 2020, until February 28, 2021, free of charge. No change or reissue fees will apply except for a difference in fare, if applicable.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

In addition, the Israeli government is now requiring Non-Israeli passengers wishing to enter Israel to prove that they intend to self-quarantine upon arrival in Israel.
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