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.


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.


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.


Jets take aim at Blair's plane

By Shelly Paz, May 30, 2008

Former British prime minister Tony Blair came close to being shot down by Israeli Air Force jets last week after air-traffic controllers noticed what they thought was a suspicious aircraft heading into Israeli airspace from the Sinai peninsula and tried to make contact.

Mr Blair, now envoy to the Middle East Quartet, was returning to his Jerusalem headquarters from a World Economic Forum meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.


BA checked in my bag and gave it back with Nazi graffiti

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

British Airways this week apologised to a passenger whose luggage was daubed with Nazi graffiti apparently while in transit.

Emma Pelta, 29, a member of Loughton Synagogue in Essex, flew from London Gatwick to Orlando, Florida, last December.

But it was not until she arrived at her boyfriend’s home in Florida, she says, that she realised her bags were marked with a large swastika and the initials NF (assumed to stand for National Front).


Flight abandoned as passengers see sparks

May 23, 2008

A planeload of passengers flying to Israel from Manchester’s Ringway airport on Tuesday had a lucky escape after sparks were seen coming from one of the Thomsonfly aircraft’s engines.

The incident happened as the jet was making its way to the runway for take-off.

Passengers spotted the sparks and alerted the crew. The captain decided to return the plane to the departure stand and the airport called the fire brigade, whose engines surrounded the plane while passengers were disembarked.


Thomson doesn’t fly — for 48 hours

By Leon Symons, April 11, 2008

A planeload of tourists on their way home suffered a double whammy this week that left them stranded in Israel for an extra 48 hours.

The 179 tourists were due to leave Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday night on a Thomsonfly Boeing 737-800 flight to Luton.

But the plane developed what the company called an “indication fault” on a computer and was grounded. A rescue team sent out with the computer parts was then delayed because the first officer on that aircraft had worked beyond his legal limit. By that time, some of the passengers had found
other flights out of Israel.