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El Al has returned multiple planes to lessors after cutting all of its services. The airline is negotiating with its government and unions to accept a state aid package. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

El Al Israel Airlines Agrees to Taking Government Assistance

Just days after announcing they would be indefinitely suspending all operations, El Al Israel Airlines agreed to become nationalized. This development is part of a plan regarding a bailout for the airline that has had significant financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israel-based carrier and its controlling shareholder Knafaim Holdings had been in discussion with the Israel Ministry of Finance for a bailout as they faced significant financial losses due to the lack of travel demand associated with…

Qatar Airways Eyeing Stake in RwandAir

Two months after taking a 60 percent stake in the newly constructed Kigali's Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda, an airport that will accommodate 10 million passengers yearly, Qatar Airways is now negotiating for a 49 percent stake in RwandAir. This news was first announced by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker…

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…

Doha’s Hamad International Airport Unveils Ambitious Expansion Plan

Connecting the world with Qatar, Hamad International Airport has served as the primary gateway to Doha for the past five years. Home to its largest carrier and Qatar's national airline, Qatar Airways, the airport has seen rapid growth since its opening as both the entry and exit point to Qatar…

Jazeera Airways Announces London Flights

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has announced that it will launch a route between Kuwait City and London. The new route is scheduled to begin on Oct. 27 and will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320neo between Kuwait International Airport and London's Gatwick Airport. The airline will be the first budget…

Jazeera Airways Announces London Flights

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has announced that it will launch a route between Kuwait City and London. The new route is scheduled to begin on Oct. 27 and will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320neo between Kuwait International Airport and London's Gatwick Airport. The airline will be the first budget…

Jazeera Airways Announces London Flights

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has announced that it will launch a route between Kuwait City and London. The new route is scheduled to begin on Oct. 27 and will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320neo between Kuwait International Airport and London's Gatwick Airport. The airline will be the first budget…

New EU Regulation Takes Aim at Middle East Carriers

Airlines in the United States have for years been crying over alleged subsidies that Middle Eastern carriers receive. The U.S. carriers will tell anyone who will listen that the so-called ME3, which includes Qatar Airways, Etihad, and Emirates are all receiving government subsidies that allow the airlines to operate at…

Etihad Reduces Losses for 2017 to $1.5 Billion

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced it is still operating at a loss for 2017, following on from a troubled 2016 which saw the airline post a deficit of $1.95 billion. The company cites increased fuel costs along with the financial burden of failing operations of its equity partners Alitalia and…

The 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference Opens in Doha

On Monday, the 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) officially began at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The conference started with the playing of the Qatari national anthem. Among those in attendance was Qatar Airways Group's own CEO, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, and other executives from the…