El Al

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.


Fury in Israel over Lapid ‘open skies’ plan

By Zoe Winograd, April 19, 2013

Israeli airline employees demonstrated outside the home of Finance Minister Yair Lapid today.


Plan for UK reservists in case of war in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 18, 2013

The several thousand IDF reservists living in the UK will be given preferential seats on El Al flights in case of war as part of a new contingency plan being prepared by the Defence Ministry and Israel’s national carrier.


El Al tripling flights from Tel Aviv to Luton

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2013

El al is to triple the number of flights it runs to Luton airport.

From March the airline, Israel's national carrier, will be operating six weekly flights - up from just two a week - to the airport, which is just north of London.

That number will rise by another five in June, meaning that by the summer 22 flights will operate from Tel Aviv into London and the surrounding area every week.


El Al flight makes emergency landing in Ireland

By Hadas Haimov, November 6, 2012

An El Al flight en route from Tel Aviv to New York made an emergency landing in Ireland after passengers said they had smelled something burning.

The 747 Boeing aircraft, carrying more than 300 passengers and crew members, was forced to land at Shannon Airport on Monday.


El Al may end Israel to Cairo flights

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2012

The chief executive of Israel's national airline has reportedly threatened to stop offering flights to Cairo.
Eliezer Shkedi, who runs El Al, wrote in a letter to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that he was considering pulling the route between Israel and its southern neighbour.


Shalom, you’re in Norfolk

By Simon Round, September 3, 2012

By the time you read this, I shall be reclining on the beach watching the water lapping on to golden sands. Although, this being Norfolk, the likelihood is that the tide will be so far out that the sea will barely be discernible against the horizon - unlike the rain, which will be lashing in from the North Sea.