British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Wizz have at the present time withdrawn flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.
El Al continues with twice daily Boeing Dreamliner services from Heathrow, and up to three times a week from Luton, with a Boeing 737-800.
There are alternative routings from the UK, typically Athens (both Arkia and Israir) and the same airlines offer flights via several European hubs.
At Dubai, Flydubai has a daily service to Tel Aviv, and from Amman Royal Jordanian flies six days a week.
El Al continues to operate as normal worldwide, including 15 flights a week from JFK New York. OAG notes there are 191 outbound flights per week from Ben Gurion, a dramatic drop on pre-7 October numbers. Other airlines operating include Blue Bird from Budapest, HiSky Europe – Chisinau, and Red Wings – Sochi.
Virgin Atlantic, a major player in the Israeli market, has issued the following statement:
“The safety of our customers and our teams is our number one priority, always. Flights from Heathrow have been withdrawn.
“The situation remains dynamic, so we’ll keep our flying programme under constant review. Our teams will be in contact with any affected customers to discuss their options, which include rebooking to a later date or a full refund. We would always advise anyone booked to travel to check their flight status on the website before travelling to the airport".
Virgin Atlantic CEO is London-based Israeli Shai Weiss (and an Arsenal season ticket holder).
The Ben Gurion to Ramon International Eilat shuttle by Arkia and Israir functions as normal.
Luton Airport is keen to point out that the DART transit between the Parkway Station and terminal is working as normal with Terminal Car Park 1 open for pre-booked only.
A temporary drop-off zone has been set up in the Mid-Term Car Park and a courtesy shuttle bus is in operation.
Malcolm Ginsberg, Editor-in-Chief of TNU, has returned as Travel Editor of Jewish Weekly, Britain’s largest circulating publication of its type. Whilst these troubled times will preclude any Israel holiday ideas his column update on flights and vacations in general. Press releases and news to email@example.com.
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