web analytics
August 31, 2015 / 16 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


El Al Spikes Prices Following Foreign Cancellations.

El Al CEO denies taking advantage of Gaza fighting to bilk customer
El AL and Pilot

Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

El Al, Israel’s national airline, spiked prices today in reaction to the cancellation of all foreign flights in or out of Israel.

The airline made headlines earlier Wednesday, saying El Al would provide flights to help thousands of people stranded at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, as well as at airports in the United States and Europe, when foreign airlines cancelled service in or out of Israel.

The foreign carriers suspended service to and from Israel after a rocket hit a home in Yehud, less than five kilometres from the nearest of Ben Gurion Airport’s runways. Globes Fiancial news website cited a report written by ISSTA Lines (TASE: ISTA), which indicated “vast hikes, of hundreds of dollars, between airfares yesterday, before the wave of cancellations, and this morning.

“For example, an El Al ticket to New York that yesterday cost $1,450, today jumped to $2,220; a difference of $770,” the website said.

Globes also quoted El Al CEO David Maimon, who denied that the airline had taken advantage of the current situation to bilk stranded customers. Maimon said the fundamentals of industry fare-setting were partly responsible for the price hike, and also the fact that many El Al pilots are currently serving in reserve duty with the Israel Air Force. The latter fact means the airline is running at a man

“Naturally, when there is extremely high demand, the cheaper tickets are snatched up, and what is left are the more expensive ones – and this is what happened. The last fare is always the most expensive. We did not change our pricing system, which was set six months ago.”

Some foreign airlines said they would help customers make alternative arrangements, and even to pay for hotels in Israel for the duration of the conflict. But the paper also said that several airlines have refused even this basic service.

Tourism Ministry Assisting Tourists in Israel

Given the situation, Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau instructed Ministry officials to create a situation room headed by Tourism Ministry Director General Amir Halevi, in order to ensure that no tourist will be left without accommodation. Tourism Minister Landau said, “The skies over Israel remain open thanks to the foreign airlines who continue their scheduled flights into the country. We are in close contact with the Federation of Israeli Tourism Organizations in order to provide urgent solutions to people and businesses in the tourism industry. I have instructed ministry personnel to ensure that every tourist in Israel receives a response.”

The Director-General receives constant updates from Israel and overseas and holds regular consultations with tourism industry figures in order to minimize the damage to tourism to Israel. As such, the Director-General briefed ministry employees on the current situation and instructed them to provide solutions to all those tourists stranded without accommodation following the cancellation of their flights. Halevi also spoke today with foreign airline representatives, who informed him that they are taking full responsibility for the situation that has developed and they are taking care of those tourists whose flights were canceled. The Tourism Ministry is providing accommodation vouchers for those tourists whose airlines are not providing them with accommodation.

Tourists who experience difficulties as a result of the current situation are invited to contact the offices at Ben Gurion airport, which is manned 24 hours a day: 03 9754260.

About the Author: Meir is a news writer for JewishPress.com - and he loves his job.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

9 Responses to “El Al Spikes Prices Following Foreign Cancellations.”

  1. If they did, it would be a huge PR disaster for them.

  2. Norma Biblow says:

    Need to hire more pilots also needs more planes and pay for losses on co-share points. Not cut and dry issues!

  3. Norma Biblow says:

    Need to hire more pilots also needs more planes and pay for losses on co-share points. Not cut and dry issues!

  4. Randyll RG says:

    Er, that doesn’t seem surprising to me.

    You corner a market, you raise prices. All corporations do that.

  5. Gayla Ber says:

    That’s a shame. People who want to go but can barely afford it, now can’t justify the cost

  6. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good….Genesis 1:31

  7. Cruises to Israel!

  8. This won’t sit well with the world

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Dr. Joe Uziel, codirector of the excavation from the Israel Antiquities Authority, sitting atop the stepped structure from the Second Temple period.
Second Temple-Era Podium May Be Discovery in City of David
Latest News Stories
Dr. Joe Uziel, codirector of the excavation from the Israel Antiquities Authority, sitting atop the stepped structure from the Second Temple period.

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has made an exciting announcement: A 2,000-year-old podium may have been found in the City of David section of the Old City of Jerusalem. A unique stepped structure exposed on the street ascending from the ‘Siloam Pool’ to the Temple Mount is raising questions among the researchers at IAA. The […]

View of the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin in Samaria, at night.

The first official Turkish delegation to Israel in five years arrives to discuss a development project in Jenin.

Brooklyn's "Vote No on the Nuclear Deal" rally organizers singing Ani Ma'amim. (L to R) Cantor Shlomie Rabin, Councilmember David Greenfield, Jeffrey Davis (back row), Kalman Yager (back row), Chanina Sperlin, State Sen. Jesse Hamilton, Zaki Tamir, Yaacov Berhman, Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Aug. 26, 2015.

Brooklyn politicians and community leaders called on Cong. members to vote down the Nuclear Iran deal.

Dr. Ben Carson (left) at the Western Wall in December 2014.

Both Carson and Trump are solidly behind Israel, but their real drawing card is that they are not politicians.

Oregon’s Jeff Merkley announced he is backing the nuclear deal, leaving Obama only three shy of a veto-proof majority.

The gas field is far larger than those discovered off Israel’s coast and will supply Egypt with gas for decades.

Israel’s Elbit Systems has racked up two more sales, this time by its cyber security subsidiary Cyberbit to a European police force and an African enforcement agency. Elbit, listed on NASDAQ, did not disclose the amount of the sales. It set up the Cyberbit subsidiary earlier this year to include the cyber and intelligence divisions […]

The regime’s Fars [Read “Farce”] News Agency reported that three Israelis and Jordanians were killed.

Jaffa port is a nice little port with a pleasant promenade to walk around on.

Barenboim rejected from Iran because he’s a “Zionist”. The irony is overwhelming.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC chair, allegedly blocked a DNC resolution supporting the Iran Deal.

Dr. Sacks was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, neurologists.

Arab readers of the Arabic version of Aljazeera responded with astonishment at the restraint shown by an armed Israeli soldier, who was filmed while a group of female villagers physically assaulted him during a rally.

Palestinian Arab terrorists shot and wounded an Israeli driver on the road near Kedumim.

Firefighters in Galilee were able to stop a brush fire on Sunday from spreading into a wildfire.

An Israeli woman has allegedly flown to Turkey to cross the border into Syria to join ISIS.

More Articles from Meir Halevi Siegel
Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett.

Jewish Home leader blocks exhibition of dead bodies citing Jewish tradition to honor the dead; NIF objects.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Cabinet holds special session in Ashkelon, faces criticism from local residents, officials over lack of aid package

For two-and-a-half years, residents of the Golan Heights understood that domestic interests in Syria would keep war away from them.

4,000 dunams in G’vaot area declared state land, will open door for large construction project.

With Judeophobic attacks spiking around United Kingdom, local Jews say not enough done to enforce hate crime laws

Drug dealers suspected of aiding Hezbollah make inroads into Israel; smuggling attempts also included Jordan, Syria

Only time PLO seems interested in justice for Palestinians is when Israel is involved

For years, Binyamin Netanyahu’s views on negotiating with terrorists, and on negotiating under fire have been clear: In his defining treatise on the subject Terrorism: How the West Can Win, Netanyahu spelled out clear guidelines for dealing with the scourge of attacks on civilians. Amongst other principles, the then up-and-coming Likud leader said clearly that terrorists must […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/el-al-spikes-prices-following-foreign-cancellations/2014/07/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: