The corn snake? It flew budget too

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

Passengers were shocked to discover a snake on board an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to London last week.

Adam Gubbay, a former Hasmonean student, had smuggled the non-poisonous corn snake onto the aircraft in his hand luggage.


Snake flies easyJet economy from Tel Aviv to London

By Rosa Doherty, October 31, 2013

An easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Luton was met on the ground by police after news broke that there was a snake on board.

Those on board were terrified when the serpent was discovered in the hand luggage of one the passengers during the flight on Wednesday.

Passenger Rafi Addlestone tweeted: “No Samuel L, but an actual snake on a plane.”


EasyJet say sorry to family barred from Israel flight

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2013

A mother and her five children were prevented from boarding an easyJet flight to Israel because of a passport close to expiry — after the airline failed to make it clear they could not travel.

Rikki Bamberger was flying to Jerusalem to join her husband Mark, whose mother had just died. She was travelling with her children aged between two- and 12-years-old.


Just how far will flight costs fall?

By Sharron Livingston, May 25, 2013

I never thought I would say this, but British travellers can finally look forward to cheaper fares to Israel. This is because after eight years of negotiations, and incessant lobbying by former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, an Israel-European Union open skies agreement was signed last month.


Cost of flights set to tumble

By Sandy Rashty and Sharron Livingston, May 17, 2013

Holidaymakers received a double dose of good news this week with a prediction that the cost of flights to Israel are set to be slashed, and a U-turn by the Israeli government over its proposal to levy 18 per cent VAT on tourism.


Budget airline Jet2 to end Manchester to Israel route

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

Budget airline Jet2 will stop running its Manchester to Israel route later this year.

The company began low-cost flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport almost four years ago.

It announced this week that the "difficult decision" had been taken to remove the route, but would not give a further explanation.


Passenger attacks stewardess on easyJet Israel flight

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

A Tel Aviv-to-London flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger suspected of being drunk attacked an air stewardess.

The easyjet plane landed in Paphos, Cyprus, on Monday evening after the man began shouting abuse at fellow passengers shortly after take off.


Flytilla flyers' wings clipped

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists have criticised UK airports and budget airline Jet2 for imposing the UK's "first Israeli checkpoints" after passengers attempting to take part in Sunday's "flytilla" protests were stopped from boarding flights to Israel.

A dozen or so passengers, led by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, were stopped by Jet2's Manchester check-in desk, which closed briefly du


Thrills but no frills as Ryanair eyes Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

As travellers welcomed this week's news that easyJet plans to extend its budget service to flights between Israel and Manchester, there were signs that a third low cost airline would be landing at Ben-Gurion in the near future.

Ha'aretz's financial supplement reported this week that a senior executive from Ryanair had visited Israel just before Pesach for a meeting with the director-general of


Campaign to move Ben Gurion out to sea

By Nathan Jeffay, January 26, 2012

A new campaign in Israel is proposing an unusual solution to the country's housing crisis - move Ben-Gurion airport out to sea.

The Natbag 2020 campaign proposes vacating the state-owned site of the airport - known in Hebrew by the acronym Natbag - within eight years, and using it to build a city with 500,000 homes.