El Al

Pope Francis to fly El Al on journey home from Israel

By Daniel Easterman, April 14, 2014

Pope Francis will fly with Israeli national carrier El Al when he returns home from his visit to Israel next month.

El Al will assign a special crew and mark the plane with the official Vatican seal for the Boeing 777 flight.


Israeli airlines get laser defence shields

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

Israeli commercial planes will be fitted with military lasers in a high-tech bid to combat attempted terrorist attacks.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence approved the use of SkyShield, a defence system, for commercial purposes on Wednesday.


El Al increases UK flights

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

Israeli airline El Al is has increased the number of its UK flights to cope with rising demand from travellers.

“We are adding one more flight each week to our summer schedule,” an El Al spokesperson said.

“London is an important destination for us. Luton is now our main airport.”

From April 3, the airline will run 16 flights a week from Luton and 11 from Heathrow.


El Al releases new details on low-cost airline launch

By Daniel Easterman, November 28, 2013

El Al has today revealed more details about its new low-cost carrier called UP, which will offer fares starting at around £42 for a one way ticket and 50 flights a week from five European cities.


UK tourists stranded by El Al flight cancellation

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Israeli airline El Al has failed to allay British tourists’ fears after it stopped running flights to Eilat.

The company has scaled back its flights to the resort in recent months, citing security risks related to new flight paths and landing procedures.

The airline will stop all travel to the city from next week in response to changes introduced by Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority.


El Al halving night flights to Eilat

By Shira Rubin, September 12, 2013

Israel’s national airline, El Al, announced this week that it was cancelling half of its daytime flights to Eilat, citing security risks related to new flight paths and landing procedures.


El Al’s new jets prompt talk of budget flights

By Sharron Livingston, June 6, 2013

El Al has refused to confirm whether its purchase of four new short-haul jets is a signal that it is about to launch a low-cost service to Europe.

Industry insiders believe Israel’s national carrier is preparing to exploit the Open Skies agreement between Israel and the EU when it commences in April 2014.


Thousands hit by Israeli airline strike

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

Tens of thousands of Israelis and foreign travellers were stranded this week as the employees of three Israeli airlines, El Al, Arkia and Israir, went on a two-day strike.

This was the first major showdown between the new Netanyahu government and the trade unions, and ended on Monday night in a compromise deal.


El Al two-day strike ends

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

Israeli airlines workers have ended their two day strike after the government agreed a subsidy package to safeguard jobs.


El Al flights from Israel to UK suspended

By Sharron Livingston, April 22, 2013

El Al has suspended its flights "until further notice".

All flights between Britain and Israel have been cancelled.

The disruption follows a decision by workers at El Al, Arkia, and Israir airlines to begin an "open-ended" strike yesterday, with the Histadrut labour union supporting them.