Columbia space shuttle victim to be honoured with airport

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Israel is planning to build a new international airport and name it in memory of the Israeli astronaut who died in the Columbia disaster.

The new airport, which was given approval by the cabinet on Sunday, will cost more than £300 million to build. It is to be located 18 kilometres north of Eilat in the Timna park area.


A quarter of tour-goers need cash support

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

One-in-four of the 1,600 British and Irish teenagers joining Israel tours over the summer months are receiving financial support up to a full bursary from UJIA.

The charity has spent more than £215,000 to enable around 400 young people to experience a tour whose families could otherwise not afford the cost.

A UJIA spokesperson revealed that more than half the participants in some tour group


Even the Curry is Kosher in Kasol

By Saransh Sehgal, July 7, 2011

India is a common destination for young Israelis seeking spirituality, free-flowing cannabis and a break from the pressure of security alerts and army service.

Kasol, however, is no ordinary backpacker hangout. Over the past ten years the village, which sits in a lush valley at 5,000ft in the Himalayas, has become nothing less than a miniature Tel Aviv.


The flight attendant safety dance

By Sharron Livingston, June 30, 2011
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It's not easy to pay attention to those boring safety in-flight videos. But here's one that you won't want to miss.

Fitness guru Richard Simmon gets flight attendants to dance down the aisle in Air New Zealands safety video. Watch as the camp workout enthusiast clad in sequiined vest and teeny shorts combines the safety regulations with an excercise class called Fit to Fly.


The plane of 2050

By Sharron Livingston, June 23, 2011
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Airbus, has unveiled its ideas of the plane of 2050, complete with a 'bionic' shell which turns partially transparent to provide a panoramic view for passengers.

The front of the plane will have a vitalising (relaxation) area and the rear will be the "smart tech" space for working and virtual conferencing.


Jerusalem top holiday spot, says Trip Advisor

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Israel is home to one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the world, according to a leading travel website.

Trip Advisor released its annual ranking of holiday spots this month and placed Jerusalem at number 13, above London and Rio de Janeiro.


Ben Gurion grounds flights over fuel fears

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Flights from Israel's Ben Gurion airport have been disrupted due to contaminated jet fuel.

According to airport manager Shmuel Kandel, a decision to ground all departing flights was made after fuel was found to be tainted. The source of the problem is as yet unclear.


Chilean miners arrive in Israel with wives and girlfriends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

The Chilean miners have landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

Four months after they were rescued from a collapsed mine in the Atacama Desert, 31 of the 33 men , and their partners, have arrived for a tour of Israel.

The visit, organised by Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov just days after the men were saved, has been labelled “the pilgrimage of thanks in the Holy Land”.

Mr Misezhnikov said he offered them the free holiday in tribute to their “bravery and strength of spirit”.


All aboard for trips to 'you know where'

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2011

A travel firm has admitted that its advert for a tour of Israel fails to mention the country's name because it wanted to "avoid upsetting anyone".

Riviera Travel runs an eight-day trip to sample the "enduring appeal of Jerusalem, Galilee and the Dead Sea".

Michael Wright, Riviera's managing director, said Israel had been omitted due to the "overwhelming desire to avoid upsetting anyone". He added: "We are just tour operators."

He said the company had taken a lead from the Advertising Standards Authority, which banned an advert describing the Western Wall as part of Israel.


Israelis warned to pay 'close attention' to Egypt riots

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for its citizens in Egypt as mass anti-government protests entered a third day.

Yossi Levy, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the department has not instated a travel ban but that it is advising people to “pay close attention to developments”.

He said: “[People should] be very cautious and obey the instructions of security officers on the ground and keep their distance from demonstrations and the centre of town,”