Heathrow's no-fly zone for Cohanim

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2016

Cohanim have been advised not to take El Al flights to Israel from Heathrow to avoid the risk of ritual contamination from bodies being transported for burial.

The Vaad Mishmeres Hakohanim, a group which protects the purity of Cohanim, has published advice on potentially problematic flights following queries from the public.


Bar Refaeli has a model wedding

October 1, 2015

Bar Refaeli, whose bikini-clad image was plastered all over the side of a passenger jet has reached for the skies again - this time trying to ban planes from flying over her wedding ceremony.

The Israeli supermodel married businessman Adi Ezra near Haifa last week but caused a row when she asked Israel's civil aviation authority to close airspace above the venue to keep out paparazzi.


Ryanair: Eilat flights will not have anti-rocket pod

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Ryanair's announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat - albeit from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland - has opened up a plethora of travel options for Israel-bound tourists.

But having fought off other companies for the routes, the budget airline this week faced a new commercial challenge when Israeli airlines announced they would install missile defence systems on planes flying to and from t


Online travel agent adds Israel to its list of destinations

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

An online travel agent says it will add Israel to its list of destinations after a complaint from a customer who was told he couldn't book a holiday there.

Surrey-based Travel Republic, which has two million clients a year, offers flights and hotels in beach resorts across the world, including Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.


Ryanair to launch £20 flights to Eilat - but there's a catch

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2015

Budget travellers will no doubt be celebrating Ryanair’s announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat – the first time the airline has run routes to Israel.

But before you pack the sunscreen, there is a catch: it will only be flying from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.


The self-inflating cabin bag is a grower of an idea

By Shyam Kumar, December 18, 2014

A young Israeli entrepreneur has come up with a piece of hand luggage that can be converted into a larger, hold-only bag at the touch of a button.

At its smallest size, the Fugu case - still in prototype stage - complies with airline limitations on cabin bags.


Couple who accidently flew to Grenada instead of Granada now suing British Airways

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

Most holiday-makers would be delighted to find themselves transported to the lush island paradise of Grenada in the Caribbean.

Not Edward Gamson and his partner, however, who thought they had booked a flight to Granada in Spain.

The couple first noticed that a mix-up had taken place when the in-flight electronic map showed their aircraft heading west out of London.


Passenger beats easyJet in court

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2014

A businessman has won a legal victory over easyJet after challenging its cancellation fee for a flight to Israel.

Adam Rubens, of Bushey, Hertfordshire, said it was not the £58 plus £50 costs awarded to him in Watford County Court that mattered but the principle.

Mr Rubens, a member of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, booked a return flight to Tel Aviv with the budget airline last Decemb


The £100 British Airways kosher sandwich

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

When Gilian Walker took a flight to Vienna she asked the stewardess for a kosher sandwich — and was told it would cost her £100.

That was the difference between her economy class seat and one she would have to upgrade to in British airways’ world club business class, a few yards further to the front.


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.