El Al

Jewish tourists stranded worldwide by volcano

By Robyn Rosen, April 22, 2010

The volcanic ash cloud left hundreds of Jewish tourists stranded across the world and dozens of communal events had to be scrapped.

More than 100 El Al flights to and from Israel were cancelled and tour operators struggled to cope with stranded passengers.

One flight that did manage to take off during last week's chaos was forced to turn back mid-way through its journey.

Monty and Frances Samuels, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, were returning to London from Ben Gurion Airport after attending their grandson's barmitzvah in Jerusalem.


Flights to Israel back on track

By Jessica Elgot, April 21, 2010

El Al, Easyjet and British Airways have all resumed flights to Israel today after the disruption to air traffic meant many Israelis missed Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations.

Of the two El Al flights due to leave Heathrow today, one will carry passengers originally booked on the flight and one has been cancelled. Two additional flights have been arranged for today departing from Luton.

Both the Easyjet flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton will run as normal but all online boarding has been cancelled and all passengers must now check in at the airport.


El Al London flights remain grounded

By Jessica Elgot, April 20, 2010

El Al has resumed flights to Zurich, Paris, Marseilles, Vienna and Budapest, but London airspace remains closed.

The company’s spokesman confirmed that some European flights would be resuming, but not those to London. Scottish airspace including Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh airports opened at 1pm today, and Newcastle Airport was also receiving flights.

El Al flies from London Luton and London Heathrow to Tel Aviv.


El Al to help BA travellers

By Leon Symons, March 18, 2010

Israeli airline El Al has stepped in to try to help out people travelling to Israel for Pesach as a result of the threatened British Airways cabin crew strike, run by the Unite union.

El Al has decided to run seven extra flights, between London Luton Airport and Tel Aviv between March 22 and March 27.

A British Airways strike is also planned for the following weekend, but BA will not give details of which flights have been cancelled until the beginning of next week.


BA strike causes Israel Pesach anguish

By Leon Symons, March 16, 2010

Families looking forward to Pesach in Israel may face heartbreak as a result of the proposed British Airways cabin crew strike.

BA has cancelled all flights to Israel this weekend and will not resume until Tuesday. However, the main travel time is the following weekend — March 26 - 28 .

Former United Synagogue property director Alan Koch was one of those whose Pesach plans could be ruined by the strike.


El Al launches Eilat flights to improve poor access

By Jan Shure, Travel Editor, February 8, 2010

El Al has announced it is to operate three daily flights in each direction between Ben Gurion and Eilat, commencing in March.

The airline, which ceased direct flights between the UK and Eilat in 2007, is adding the internal flights to improve access to Israel’s Red Sea resort for visitors flying in to Israel from Britain and other, mainly European, destinations.


Israeli and Jewish aid to Haiti earthquake

By Jessica Elgot, January 14, 2010

Israeli and Jewish aid organisations have flown to Port-au-Prince to deal with the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake which may have killed up to 100,000 people.

El Al has sent two planes, one cargo and another for passengers, and an IDF delegation is due to arrive in the Carribean country today with experts in engineering, medicine and rescue tactics.

IsraAID have also dispatched a 12-man search-and-rescue team to Haiti.


El Al's fundraising for IDF wellbeing day

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2009

Israeli airline EL AL will be collecting donations for IDF soldiers in envelopes placed in airline seat pockets.

The airline is contributing to the yearly IDF Soldiers Appreciation Day of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers (AWIS), by proclaiming Sherutrom Week on its flights during the week between December 13 and 18.

Donation envelopes will be placed in the seat pockets, which will be collected by the stewardesses before the landing.

In addition, the AWIS movie "The Sherutrom" will be screened during flights.


Passenger seriously ill after El Al jet diverts

By Jessica Elgot, October 22, 2009

An El Al flight from Tel Aviv to London had to make an emergency landing in Athens after a passenger suffered a suspected heart attack.

El Al head office confirmed that the 10.15am flight from Tel Aviv to London was diverted to the Greek capital after the passenger became ill.

The passenger was treated onboard the flight by the El Al crew, and was hospitalised in Athens. The passenger is reportedly still in hospital, in a serious condition.

El Al head office denied rumours the passenger had died on board the plane.


Virgin Atlantic "in talks" with El Al

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic is reported to be in talks with El Al about a possible deal between the two airlines.

A number of options were under consideration and a takeover or substantial investment in El Al by Virgin Atlantic had not been ruled out, a source told Globes Online

But Shoma Amin, a spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic was quick to deny rumours.She said: "We explore many opportunities but can confirm we will not be taking over or investing in El Al."