El Al

On this day: Liberation of the Sabena jet

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

On May Sabena flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv was hijacked outside of Vienna with 90 passengers and 10 crew members on board.


El Al bomb plot man could be free soon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A terrorist jailed for 45 years in 1986 for plotting to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early after High Court judges ruled against the government.


Gaza activists fly home - on El Al

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2010

The British captain of a boat carrying Jewish pro-Palestinian activists who planned to break the blockade of Gaza has described how Israeli naval forces intercepted and boarded the vessel.

Glyn Secker, 66, a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), said that the voyage had "succeeded beyond expectations" despite failing to reach Gaza and the crew members' immediate deportation from Israel.


We'll be flying high again soon

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

With soaring competition, the recession and ongoing unrest in the Middle East, El Al has had a tough few years: the national carrier lost around 10 per cent of its market share of UK passengers flying to Israel over 2008 and 2009.

But the airline is battling back. Uri Danoor, chief executive of its operations in the UK, northern Europe and South Africa, says that the airline has come up with new ways of clawing back business.


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.