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As financial difficulties pile up and union tensions increase, El Al Israel Airlines has suspended all operations indefinitely. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

El Al Suspends Operations Indefinitely

El Al Israel Airlines has canceled all flights and suspended operations indefinitely. All flights, including passenger and cargo services, have been stopped. The announcement comes as the carrier reported massive losses over the first half of 2020 and after the airline’s pilots refused to fly amid a labor crisis. El Al’s CEO, Gonen Usiskhin, ordered all of the company’s aircraft to return to Israel. The airline was planning to operate flights to Paris on Tuesday night and to New York…

Virgin Atlantic Aims to Bring Style to Israel Travel, Celebrates…

Virgin Atlantic became the latest European airline to enter the Israeli market last month when it launched flights between London and Tel Aviv. Going up against Israeli and British airline giants El Al and British Airways, respectively, the airline began service to the Holy Land on Sept. 25 with once-daily…

El Al Expands U.S. Presence with New Las Vegas Route

El Al, the national airline of Israel, has announced that it will begin seasonal service between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas. The seasonal service will begin on June 14 and will be operated weekly through April. The flight will be the first flight between Las Vegas and the Middle East…

El Al Relaunches Manchester to Tel Aviv route

Israel’s flag carrier airline El Al has announced a new nonstop service from Manchester Airport to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, scheduled to start on May 26, 2019. El Al also serves the route from London’s Heathrow airport but will be the sole full-service airline to operate this route…

El Al Drops Plea Against Air India Flights in Saudi…

Following continued calls from the Israeli High Court to drop its petition, El Al has decided to formally remove its plea against the government to allow Air India to operate its route to Tel Aviv through Saudi airspace. In a statement, the airline said the decision was made following a…

El Al Goes Retro with New 787 Special Livery

El Al’s social media pages on Wednesday showed off the airline’s newest special livery, a retro-themed livery taking passengers back to the 1960s. The airline, founded in September 1948 and as old as the State of Israel itself, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and the special livery is…

Palestinian Airlines: The Homeless Flag Carrier

The term "flag carrier" is often bestowed upon an airline with a strong connection to its homeland. Airlines such as Japan Airlines, Aeromexico and Lufthansa have become staples of their respective countries of Japan, Mexico and Germany and have been given the honor of being flag carriers. However, the State…

LATAM Airlines Adds Routes to U.S., Europe and Israel

LATAM Airlines Group is preparing to offer three new international routes in 2018 including: Boston, Rome, and Lisbon. All flights will fly to its São Paulo/Guarulhos hub in Brazil, increasing connectivity from North America and Europe to Latin America. Also, the airline recently announced its plans to serve Tel Aviv,…

Global SuperTanker’s Spirit of John Muir Goes to Israel to…

Spirit of John Muir, the supertanker Boeing 747-400, has safely landed in Tel Aviv; its goal is to help with firefighting efforts after an urgent call from the country for assistance. Even with aircraft from neighboring countries gradually suppressing the flames, the fires continue to rage relentlessly. Flames swept across…