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Charter ‘Aliyah’ Flight to Land in Israel Tuesday with 221 New ‘Olim’

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Minister Ze’ev Elkin will welcome 221 new immigrants from the United States and Canada at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday., one year after Operation Protective Edge.

The flight, organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency and JNF-USA, will carry 32 families and 53 singles from 14 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces.

Among the Olim are 95 children – 49 girls and 46 boys – who are immigrating with their parents. About one-fourth of the Olim arriving on the flight have decided to settle in Israel’s periphery as part of the “Go North and Go South” programs.

During 2015, more than 4,000 new immigrants are expected to make Aliyah from North America, and half of them will arrive ii the summer.

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.”

Update 10:16 AM: Damaged El Al Plane Makes Safe Emergency Landing

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

10:16: The EL Al plane has made a safe emergency landing, thank God.

Technicians are preparing to replace the damaged wheel, and the plane is expected to take off again around noon.

10:01: The El Al plane is making its final approach over western Samaria before an emergency landing at 10:15.

“IDF Elite” reported on Twitter that the plane has flown over the airport three times, possibly to allow engineers to take images of the underside of plane for analysis.

Emergency declared at Ben Gurion Airport — ELAL flight 2521 (737-800 with 174 passengers) to Prague has a damaged right landing gear — Ben Gurion airport discovered parts of the broken landing gear and tire on runway after takeoff.

Emergency fire and EMS services responding to airport via Mass Casualty Protocol.

9:37 AM FLIGHT ETA 15 MINUTES as airplane has dumped fuel and returns for emergency landing.

Strike at Ben Gurion International Airport

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Workers at Ben Gurion International Airport began a three-hour strike Thursday morning.

Check-in counters closed down and passengers were unable to proceed to aircraft as a result.

The strike, set to begin at 11 am, actually began at 10:30 am so that passengers’ baggage would not reach the security inspection area and get stuck in the middle of the system.

“Due to airport workers committee sanctions, the check-in process will be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience,” passengers heard over the airport speakers. Thousands were unable to depart as scheduled.

The strike came as a solidarity gesture to support the workers of the Israel Postal company in their current work slowdown. The postal workers are in a deadlock with management in negotiations over the company’s recovery plan. The state is planning to lay off some 1,500 permanent workers from the postal system and replace them with temporary employees instead.

Royal Jordanian Cancels Flights to Ben Gurion Airport

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Royal Jordanian Airlines has cancelled flights to Ben Gurion International Airport as a precaution due to the current security situation, the carrier said.

It has been a full month since Royal Jordanian flew its regular route to Tel Aviv, and the carrier only resumed its normal schedule this week due to concerns over rocket fire from Gaza.

Hamas terrorists warned commercial arline carriers not to fly to Israel Thursday, saying it was planning to target Ben Gurion International Airport with missile fire. However, there has been no rocket fire directed at the airport thus far.

Security has been increased in accordance with the current situation, and flights are continuing to take off and land on schedule with no disruptions of the routine.

New US, Canadian Immigrants Arrive, Undeterred by Gaza Terror

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

North Americans are ignoring the largely skewed news coverage they are being fed by mass media abroad and continuing to ‘come home to Israel’ regardless of the grim news headlines around the conflict with Gaza.

One of the special Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flights from New York that takes place each summer arrived bright and early Tuesday, bringing 338 new “olim” to Ben Gurion International Airport on the wings of Israel’s national carrier, El Al Airlines.

The 38 new Israeli families included 107 children and 108 young men and women who are soon to become soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces.

The new immigrants, who came from the United States and Canada were welcomed by top government officials at a special ceremony held under tight security inside the airport.

Did the US Let Hamas Rule Israel’s Skies?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As Israeli officials work to untangle the mess at Ben Gurion International Airport in the wake of an international ban on flights in and out of Tel Aviv, an ominous question is hanging over the Jewish State.

Did the United States allow Hamas terrorists to rule over Israel’s skies? Why would an “ally” do such a thing?

Although the FAA lifted its ban — which had to be approved by the White House — by midnight Wednesday, it still wasn’t clear whether airlines got the message. Worse, perhaps they had.

The damage incurred by an unprecedented 48-hour FAA ban on flights to Israel by U.S. carriers was incalculable, triggering a cascade of bans and possibly unparalleled damage to Israel’s economy.

The European Aviatian Safety Agency (EASA) “strongly recommended” its airlines avoid operating in and out of Tel Aviv.

Air France, Lufhansa, Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, Aeroflot and its associated airlines, and Turkish Airlines all suspended flights. Air Canada, generally a strong supporter of the Jewish State, also shied away.

Many still have not reinstated their flights. Those that have still have not established regular schedules. Ben Gurion airport is still a mess, with desperate travelers trying to figure out how to find their luggage and fix their ruined plans. Tracking down food, caring for children, getting enough sleep, changing clothes and dealing with hygiene needs — all of these issues were cast aside by many airlines after the first 24 hours, and by some from the very start, travelers told Israeli radio interviewers.

British Airways alone maintained its twice-daily flights to Ben Gurion International Airport from London Heathrow Airport.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered his gratitude and special thanks to British Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond on Thursday in a news briefing with media, noting that apparently Britain alone understood the importance of not handing a “free prize to Hamas terror.”

Fifteen minutes before midnight, the FAA lifted its flight restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Ben Gurion airport “by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today…

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the notice read.

The back step followed a hugely publicized flight to Israel by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who scorned the FAA moved as ridiculous. Bloomberg immediately boarded an El Al plane straight to Tel Aviv, declaring to reporters that Ben Gurion International Airport is the safest in the world. The prime minister greeted Bloomberg at the airport, thanking him for coming and calling him a friend and a “man of principle and truth.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/did-the-us-let-hamas-rule-israels-skies/2014/07/24/

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