Flights

Terror as Israel jet blown off course

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

Airline passengers flying from Israel to Britain fainted when the pilot twice failed to land in gale-force winds.

The pilot of the Jet2 flight to Manchester struggled against winds of up to 80mph to wrestle the plane to within seconds of landing.

But he was forced to divert to East Midlands Airport, near Leicester, 80 miles away.

Many shaken and nauseous passengers chose to take taxis, costing up to £200, rather than the coaches provided by the airline to get home.

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Tel Aviv BA flight makes emergency landing due to fire warning

By Katie Taylor, November 18, 2010

A British Airways flight from Heathrow to Tel Aviv had to make an emergency landing this morning, after a suspected fire on board.

The BA flight 165 was diverted and landed in Brussels, after a flashing warning light in the cockpit.

The pilot diverted the flight as a precaution and all 166 passengers on board were evacuated in a normal disembarkation.

A passenger on board the Boeing 777, said: “The pilot was brilliant and very calm as indeed were the staff. I was told it was due to a suspected fire.

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Two Israelis killed after Negev plane crash

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

Two members of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) have been killed after their plane crashed in the Negev desert.

The bodies of Major Amichai Itkis, 28, and 30-year-old Major Immanuel Levy were found in the Ramon crater early on Thursday morning, after the crash he previous evening.

They had been flying an F-16I Sufa (Storm) fighter jet on a routine exercise. The IAF has temporarily suspended training flights for Sufa jets.

An IAF committee is investigating the cause of the disaster.

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Israeli fighter narrowly missed passenger jet

By Jessica Elgot, October 21, 2010

A British flight from Egypt which veered off course into Israeli airspace came close to crashing into an Israeli fighter jet.

The flight from Sharm-el-Sheikh was not supposed to enter Israeli airspace but flew too far north from Egypt's Taba area, over the Sinai Peninsula towards Eilat, flying 13 miles into Israeli airspace.

The plane came close to hitting Israeli Air Force F-16 jets, but an IAF supervising officer noticed the plane in time. The IAF is investigating the incident as a serious security breach.

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Travel chaos as Israeli air staff strike

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

Almost 30,000 people are expected to suffer disruption to flights to and from Israel in the lead-up to Yom Kippur because of a strike by Israeli airport staff.

Flights out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport have been grounded indefinitely.

Union officials said initially that planes would be allowed to land but that ground crews would not unload luggage. However they have now agreed to let passengers collect their luggage.

The strike has been organised by the Israel Airports Authority's employees' union following the breakdown of negotiations over the use of staff pension funds.

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Direct Eilat flights in the pipeline

By Jan Shure, August 26, 2010

The world's largest travel group, TUI, will launch direct flights and tourism packages to Eilat, from both London and Manchester, for the 2011 winter season.

The move was announced this week by senior TUI managers following meetings in Israel with Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnkov.

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This is no way to serve the UK market

By Jan Shure, August 12, 2010

It seems inconceivable that El Al has introduced feeder flights for Eilat - presumably with the intention of making the resort more accessible for winter sun holidays - while making it almost impossible for its core market to get there quickly and conveniently.

The UK market used to be the number one for the Red Sea resort: 45,000 of us flocked there in 1997; just 5,000 of us went in 2003.

Some of the decline is attributable to wars, political factors and changing tastes, but most in the industry believe it's largely due to the difficulty of getting to Eilat for a winter sun holiday.

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El Al's 16 hour 'accessible' flight to Eilat

By Jan Shure, August 12, 2010

The announcement by El Al of new flights designed to make Eilat more accessible to Britons has been given a cool reception by the travel industry.

The airline has inaugurated three flights a day, from Sunday to Thursday, between Ben-Gurion and Eilat, and one flight a day on Friday and Saturday. For passengers booking an El Al flight from London, the onward Eilat fare is just £7.

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Ben Gurion airport hit by new safety fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 4, 2010

Just how safe is it to land at Ben Gurion airport? Within the next few weeks, the Israeli State Comptroller will publish a comprehensive report chronicling endemic safety failures in the country's civil aviation.

At the root of the problem is the crowded airspace.

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Analysis: Why this had to happen

By Jan Shure - Travel Editor, May 13, 2009

The launch of direct flights to Eilat this winter by the resort’s leading hotel chain, Isrotel, is an acknowledgement of both the importance of the UK market to the Red Sea city, and also a realisation that if potential visitors have to endure lengthy and inconvenient journeys they will simply choose to go elsewhere.

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