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Ben Gurion Airport Hits Peak in Passenger Traffic

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Approximately 70,000 passengers on 430 flights will have passed through Ben Gurion Airport by the end of Thursday, making it the busiest day of the year so far.

Tourism is up by approximately 7 percent, and 1.7 million passengers are expected to arrive and depart at the airport next month.

Israel suffered a sharp decline in tourism last August and September during Operation Protective Edge and now is rebounding.

Turkey, which Israel sunned two years ago after worsening relations, is back in favor and follows Greece as the favorite destination. Next in line are Italy and the year.
Slightly more than a quarter of passengers fly El Al.

Flights Delayed Due to Strike at Ben Gurion Airport

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Timing is everything.

Just as the summer tourism season heads into high gear — and an impending Taglit Birthright tour is soon to arrive — baggage handlers began to strike Wednesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport.

More than 10 flights were delayed as Israel Airport Authority as workers refused to load and unload aircraft at the airport.

The job action affected flights on El Al, Air Europa and Turkish Airlines.

The IAA employees’ union declared the strike earlier this week in response to what they said was a staffing shortage – not labor sanctions.

“Unfortunately, the management did not prepare in advance to take on more manpower before the rise in passenger numbers in the summer months,” said a statement from the IAA workers’ committee.

“We call on the management to solve the manpower shortage problem immediately and prevent passengers being harmed.”

Night shift workers apparently completed their quota of aircraft and refused to continue loading and unloading baggage, according to the Globes business news service.

“About ten aircraft are waiting to be dealt with,” the IAA said. “The management, which is aware of the inconvenience to the traveling public, is doing all it can to restore labor relations to normal.”

Italy’s Busiest Airport Facing Summer Slowdown

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Traveling to Europe this summer, and passing through Italy? Expect possible delays…

The busiest airport in Italy is about to slow down, just in time for the summer season.

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport — also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport — plans to cut operations by 40 percent starting this Saturday. El Al Airlines flies daily to and from Rome, so Israelis are likely to be affected by this situation as well as everyone else around the world.

The move comes in the wake of a fire that damaged the airport, the sixth largest hub for air traffic in Europe.

The airport has only been able to operate at 80 percent capacity since the fire, which closed part of the airport and which has been under investigation since May 7. Capacity will be cut at the airport to 60 percent, starting with a gradual shutdown of arrivals at Terminal 3 beginning at midnight this Friday.

It is not yet clear how long the slowdown is expected to last.

Weekend Bomb Threats Tail Flights to Northeastern US

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

While Jews in the Diaspora were in synagogues celebrating the second day of the Shavuot holiday (known in English as the “Festival of Weeks”) others who were heading for Boston, New York and Newark, New Jersey found they were facing more excitement than they might have bargained for.

A rash of bomb threats tailed at least six passenger planes into northeastern U.S. airports over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Three of the threats targeted planes heading for JFK Airport in New York City, including Air France Flight 22 from Paris, escorted by two Air Force jets scrambled “just to make sure.”

The FBI, called to the scene, later said “no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew,” ABC News reported.

The decision to send an Air Force escort followed an anonymous call received by Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack in Garret County, warning of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard the aircraft.

A Saudi Airlines flight from Saudi Arabia was also escorted and later cleared.

The third threat, to an American Airlines flight from Birmingham, England, was quickly determined to be not credible and the aircraft cleared to go straight to the terminal.

Two of the threatened planes were heading for Newark Airport in New Jersey. The two flights involved a Delta Airlines flight from London and a United Airlines flight from Madrid. Neither required an escort and both threats proved not credible.

Likewise, a third threat proved not credible for a Delta flight heading from Paris to Logan Airport in Boston, officials told reporters.

Delta Plane Crash, Snowstorm Paralyze LaGuardia Airport in NYC

Friday, March 6th, 2015

What a snowstorm didn’t accomplish directly, it managed to get done anyway by slicking up a runway.

The storm warnings began already on Wednesday, with meteorologists telling travelers that Thursday would likely be wet and white. By Thursday morning, New York’s LaGuardia International Airport was all but paralyzed as snow and ice turned the runways into skating rinks. Freezing rain, thick fog and a slick surface faced the pilot on Delta Flight #1086 as he approached the snowy airport.

As the landing gear touched down and the wheels tried to lock on to the runway, passengers told television viewers on CNN they felt the plane slide to the left, veering off the runway upon its arrival from Atlanta, Georgia around 11 am local time.

The aircraft ground into a snowbank after having smashed through a security fence, finally coming to a halt just a few feet away from the water.

Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye said the runway had been plowed shortly before the incident.

The flight carried 127 passengers in addition to five crew members. At least 24 people were slightly injured in the crash; three were taken to an area hospital. A fuel leak on the left wing of the plane was stopped by fire crews.

Two runways were shut down immediately; as of 9 pm local time, only one runway was operational in the airport.

Nearly 900 flights were canceled and travelers with flights either departing from or arriving at LaGuardia were advised to check their flight status before setting out.

Credible Bomb Threats Ground Two US Airliners in Atlanta, GA

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort two passenger jets into Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – one of the largest airports in the world — at 3 pm local time Saturday.

The move came in response to what was deemed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to be “credible” bomb threats on the Twitter social media site.

Airport spokesman Reese McCranie told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We believe the threats to be credible,” but declined to explain why.

“While authorities have not yet released information on the Twitter account responsible for the specific threatening tweets, someone calling himself ‘King Zortic’ first posted messages to Delta on Twitter around noon that said, ‘I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport. Can you help me find it?,’ and ‘It was from Portland to Atlanta, I forgot the flight number, though. It was something like DL156 or DL1556 I forgot the order.’

“Another tweet read, ‘It was smuggled through one of the back entrances because the airport didn’t have much security around one of the entrances so the bomb is at the back of the plane. Everyone will know when it’s detonated.’

“Messages later were sent to Southwest Airlines from the same Twitter account read (sic), ‘A bomb was placed on SWA2492. It will be detonated at a random time of my choosing,’ and ‘If anything happens to me I’ll make sure that more flights are targeted. I strongly suggest you don’t try anything stupid,’” the newspaper reported.

In Atlanta, the two targeted flights taxied to a remote area once they had landed. Southwest Airlines Flight 2492 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Atlanta and Delta Flight 1156 from Portland, Oregon to Atlanta were then both swept by bomb squad units and K-9 teams after passengers deplaned.

Passengers from the two flights were questioned and their luggage was searched by bomb-sniffing dogs.

The two fighter jets that were scrambled from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina returned to base after the planes landed.

Following extensive searches and screening, airport officials wrote in a tweet: “All clear for both aircraft & normal airport operations have resumed. Thank you for your patience. Safety & security are our top priorities.”

Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta FBI Field Office told media the FBI will “absolutely be doing everything we can to identify who made the initial threats and track them down.”

Bomb threats that turned out to be false alarms were also made in recent days against Delta flights headed for Tel Aviv and for Raleigh, North Carolina.

El Al Reunites Parents of Lone Soldiers from ‘Protective Edge’ for Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 19th, 2014

In a special initiative to enable families to spend the Jewish New Year together, an airlift of 21 flights from El- Al Airlines flying from 10 different international locations, are bringing parents of lone soldiers serving in the IDF to Israel. Flights are taking off from New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Moscow, Paris, London, Brussels and Amsterdam.

On Thursday, September 18, a flight from Moscow with the first group of parents landed in Israel.

The El-Al Airlines, the Israel Hotel Association (IHA) the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), the IDF’s Manpower Directorate are all part of the unique project to reunite parents with their sons and daughters who took part in the recent Operation Protective Edge against Hamas.

An event of this scope has never taken place before as 125 parents to 77 soldiers will arrive in Israel in the upcoming few days. “We initiated this project in order to show our appreciation to the lone soldiers, who bravely decided to leave their home country and protect Israel,” said David Maimon, Chief Executive Officer of El-Al Airlines, which provided the parents of lone soldiers with the free flights.

At Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday, the lone soldiers waited eagerly for their parents, who are also receiving free accommodation for a five-night stay in hotels that are part of the Israel Hotel Association (IHA).

One mother of a lone soldier, Dovrat Ifis, commented that the most meaningful part of the trip was to spend the Jewish New Year with her son. “The best part is that we get to celebrate Rosh Hashanah together. I can’t put into words how happy I am right now. My heart is pounding with excitement,” she stated.

Ifis is also very grateful for the generous initiative. “The time is just perfect and our soldiers truly deserve it – the time has come to hug them and spend quality family time with them.”

Eli Gonen, President of the Israel Hotel Association noted that his organization has been helping lone soldiers for many years, offering accommodation especially during the Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

“We are supporting the army and soldiers throughout the year,” Gonen stated. “We are opening our hotels and our hearts to the lone soldiers and their families, providing them with a feeling of home and comfort during the holidays.”

The Chairman of the Association of the Well-being of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), Avigdor Kahalani also added that lone soldiers will always be supported. “The lone soldiers are not alone – AWIS, El-Al Airlines, the Israel Hotel Association and the IDF’s Manpower Directorate are there to embrace them after Operation Protective Edge and just before the New Year, we managed to bring them their loved ones from home.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/el-al-reunites-parents-of-lone-soldiers-from-protective-edge-for-rosh-hashanah/2014/09/19/

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