Category Archives: El Al Israel Airlines

El Al to stop flying to Toronto, Warsaw and Brussels

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 4X-ERA (msn 63396) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 957595.

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) is being forced to suspend service to Toronto, Warsaw and Brussels on October 30.

The airline gave the following reasons for the dropped routes:

“Since the exit from the Covid crisis there have been changes in expected demand for flights to and from Israel. This has forced us to make changes in schedules and destinations of flights, in order to provide our customers with the appropriate destinations, for new demand and destinations.”

However the airline is also facing a shortage of pilots like other airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 4X-ERA (msn 63396) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 957595.

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El Al will not be able to maintain its full schedule to Dubai

From Reuters:

“El Al Israel Airlines said on Thursday it would not be able to maintain a full flight schedule to Dubai from Sunday due to disagreements over security arrangements in Dubai.

Tens of thousands of Israelis who had already purchased tickets will not be able to fly, it said.”

Read the full story:

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israels-el-al-airlines-sees-flight-disruptions-dubai-sunday-2022-02-10/

El Al to acquire Arkia

Arkia Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) 4X-EMA (msn 19000172) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 956684.

El Al Israel Airlines has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to acquire rival Arkia Israel Airlines.

El Al’s board also approved the acquisition.

Arkia was founded in 1949 as Israel Inland Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: Arkia Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) 4X-EMA (msn 19000172) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 956684.

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El Al Israel Airlines is the official airline of the Miss Universe 2021 competition taking place in Eilat, Israel

El Al Israel Airlines is the official airline of the Miss Universe 2021 competition that will take place for the first time in Eilat, Israel. Over the last few days, representatives from 80 countries and 5 continents have arrived in Israel ahead of the competition, including the current Miss Universe, Mis Andrea Maza, Mexico’s representative.

The international competition will be broadcast live to more than 170 countries and to 600 million viewers all over the world. This year, the competition will highlight the significant issue of the global warming as part of a green agenda that is also part of the values of the “Miss Universe” organization.

During their stay in Israel, the delegates were guests at EL AL and took part of the Miss Universe campaign to encourage tourism to Israel and to strengthen the EL AL brand around the world.

The event and the participants are hosted in Israel by the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

Even though Israel is currently closed to tourists now, however, the delegation arrived under COVID-19 regulations and received special approvals to enter Israel.

El Al also announced that the representative of the United Arab Emirates will also compete for the title of Miss Universe and will participate in the event in Israel alongside the representative from Morocco who will also compete, for the first time, in 40 years.

 

Israel closes its borders to foreigners for the next two weeks, Israeli carriers impacted

Israel is banning all foreigners from entering the country for the next two weeks due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Israelis entering back into the country, including those who are vaccinated, will be required to quarantine on their entry.

The Shin Bet counter-terrorism agency’s phone-tracking technology will be used to track all interactions of people with the new variant according to Reuters.

Besides Israel and South Africa, the new variant has already been discovered in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

El Al and other Israeli airlines are offering flexible travel and ticket changes.

El Al is asking for a Israeli state aid package

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 737-958 ER WL 4X-EHI (msn 41559) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955218.

El Al Israel Airlines has announced it has requested $100 million in state aid from the Israeli government due to the government’s strict COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The flag carrier has suffered due to its large loss of traffic and has reported a financial loss in the past three years.

More from Reuters:

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/israeli-carrier-el-al-raises-demands-state-aid-appeals-prime-minister-2021-09-23/

Top Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 737-958 ER WL 4X-EHI (msn 41559) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955218.

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Israeli airlines launch flights to Marrakesh, Morocco

El Al and Israir yesterday (July 25) launched flights to Marrakesh, Morocco from Tel Aviv after the two countries normalized their relationship.

More from The Times of Israel:

Israeli airlines launch direct route to Morocco’s Marrakesh | The Times of Israel

 

Etihad Airways and El Al launch their strategic cooperation

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and El Al Israel Airlines, the national carrier of Israel, on July 1 launched their joint codeshare network and reciprocal loyalty agreement for frequent flyers. This builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the airlines signed in 2020 following the Abraham Accords signed by the UAE and Israel.

Effective July 18, 2021, El Al will add its ‘LY’ code to Etihad’s existing twice weekly service between Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv. Beyond Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub, this new partnership will extend further and is planned to include destinations in Australia, Bahrain, India, Korea, Philippines and Seychelles from August 1, 2021.

In the next phase of extending the codeshare agreement, subject to obtaining applicable governmental and regulatory approvals, Etihad will offer guests an additional 14 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and US by adding its ‘EY’ code to El Al flights.