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May 4, 2016 / 26 Nisan, 5776

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Brussels Airport to Reopen With Symbolic Flights Only

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

The Zaventem International Airport in Brussels is set to reopen Sunday (April 3) — sort of — two weeks after two suicide bombers blew up the departure hall.

Three symbolic flights to Faro, Athens and Turin will depart as the airport partially restores service.

Fifteen people died and 81 others were wounded in the deadly terror attack at the airport, not counting the bombers or those who later died of their wounds.

A third suicide bomber blew up a metro station in the Belgian capital close to the headquarters of the European Union, within an hour after the attack on the airport. Fourteen people died in that attack, and 220 others were wounded.

The two attacks were linked and the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization claimed responsibility for both.

“I am very pleased and proud to be able to announce that tomorrow, Sunday 3 April, Brussels Airport will be able to welcome its first passengers after the devastating bomb attacks,” said Brussels airport CEO Arnaud Feist in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

“I am extremely grateful to all airport staff, federal police and the federal government for their efforts and commitment. These flights are the first hopeful sign from an airport that is standing up straight after a cowardly attack.

“That we are able to make this start only 12 days after the devastating attacks is a sign of our collective strength at Brussels Airport,” he added.

But there is no public transportation in the area and the airport can only be reached by car or taxi. The first three flights are symbolic only.

“In the coming days, we will examine the possibility of restarting other means of transport, such as bus and train”, Brussels airport officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

El Al Plane Diverts to Athens After Fumes Reported in Galley

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

An El Al passenger plane en route to Tel Aviv from Madrid, Spain diverted from its scheduled route shortly after takeoff Wednesday afternoon.

El Al LY-396 was traveling with 94 people on board when it diverted to Athens after the crew reported fumes originating from a galley.

The Boeing 737-900 aircraft landed safely on the runway at Athens International Airport about 18 minutes later, according to a report on The Aviation Herald website.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about three hours, then continued the journey. It was estimated to reach Tel Aviv with a delay of about four hours.

Hana Levi Julian

More Than Three Million Tourists Visited Israel In 2015

Monday, January 11th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

A total of 3.1 million tourists visited Israel in the year 2015, according to figures released on Monday, January 11 by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Additionally, an all-time record was set in the number of Israeli departures abroad with almost six million departures.

The number of tourist arrivals represents a 4% decrease compared to 2014. The number of incoming tourists gradually increased between January and September, but the number plummeted from October to December due to the security situation caused by the upsurge in terror attacks by Palestinians.

“This past year was challenging because we were still recovering from Operation Protective Edge,” Tourism Ministry Spokesperson Anat Shihor-Aronson told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) last week, referring to the Gaza operation in the summer of 2014. “But we were also very successful as we almost reached the numbers we had in 2013.”

The largest number of incoming tourists in 2015 came from the United States with 637,000 arrivals, representing a 2% increase compared to the 2014 statistic.

A total of 415,000 tourists visited from Russia, representing a 25% decrease compared to the previous year. “We have to take into consideration that Russia is facing an economic crisis so we are still increasing our budget in regards to promoting Israel as a Russian tourist destination,” said Shilor-Aronson to TPS.

Other countries serving as the origin for the largest numbers of tourists visiting Israel in 2015 were France, Germany, the UK, Ukraine and Italy, respectively.

Meanwhile, the number of Israelis traveling abroad set an all-time record. A total of 5.9 million departures by Israeli citizens were recorded in 2015, representing an increase of 15% compared to 2014. More than a quarter of all departures were made during the summer months of July and August.

More than 3 million Israeli citizens traveled abroad during the year, representing a 12% increase over the previous year with 1.2 million of them departing the country more than once.

The CBS estimated the sharp increase in the number of departures to be a result of the introduction of low-cost flights in Israel and a result of the high value of the Israeli currency (the shekel) compared to the US dollar and the Euro.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Scandinavian Airline to End Tel Aviv-Copenhagen Route

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced it will cancel its Tel Aviv-Copenhagen, citing both “political instability” and ‘’increasing costs and competition.”

The service, which is offered four times a week and which began three years ago, will end in March following a temporary suspension this summer because of staffing problems.

SAS also said it will eliminate Moscow and Ankara from its list of destinations.

Traffic on the Tel Aviv-Copenhagen route increased 41 percent last year and another 21 percent this year, through July, but the company maintained that the route still is losing money because of “stiff competition.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Thousands Head to Israel for Holidays and Fill Up Hotels

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The High Holiday Israeli vacation season  is one of the nest ever, according to travel officials.

Major hotels in Israel are filled to capacity, and thousands of apartments have been rented to tourists who will be spending the holiday in Israel.

The robust tourist season indicates that tourists are not worried about growing unrest in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

The officials say that Jerusalem remains the main destination and that many hotels upgraded their kosher offerings to cater to the American kosher tourists. The influx of tourists also spells good news for restaurants, tours, takeout and other related businesses.

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Kosher Today

Delta Adds 4 Weekly Flights on Tel Aviv Route

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Delta is picking up traffic American Airlines will lose when it halts its Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route in January.

Delta Air Lines announced Thursday it is adding four flights a week to its JFK-Tel Aviv route in addition to the current daily round-trip service.

The new flights will begin in May, five months after American Airlines, which is merging with US Airways, halts its Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route. The company claimed it was losing $20 million a year on the route.

Delta obviously sees greener fields in Israel. Its additional flights will use a Boeing-77-200ER craft that can seat 291 passengers. Five daily round-trip flights from Philadelphia to JFK will help pick up the traffic that US Airways-American is abandoning.

Delta’s Senior Vice President Nat Pieper stated:

From next summer, Delta will offer more than 2,300 extra seats between Tel Aviv and New York, one of our largest trans-Atlantic markets, responding to customer demand for increased non-stop service.

With 11 weekly services between the two cities and a choice of departure times, we are offering customers greater flexibility when it comes to planning their travel both to New York and throughout the U.S.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Union to Strike Ben Gurion Airport 2 Hours Sunday

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

A sure sign that Rosh HaShanah is on the way is a strike at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport.

The airport workers’ committee once again has found a reason to shut down the airport during the peak summer travel season and only two weeks before high passenger traffic on the eve of the Rosh HaShanah new year holiday.

The workers’ committee excuse this time is its “solidarity” with the Israel Broadcasting Authority, an over-budgeted and over-staffed agency whose employees are in an uproar because of a long overdue government decision to overhaul the agency.

The strike at the airport will be between 10 a.m. and noon, when no flights will be allowed to take off or land.

Workers committee chairman Pinchas Idan revealed his real fear. by stating that if the government gets way and makes the Broadcasting Authority more efficient, it might do the same at the airport.

In his words, reported by Globes:

I call on all workers committees to demonstrate solidarity with the Israel Broadcasting Authority employees in their struggle which is being led by the Histadrut. I call on the legislation to be halted and dialogue begun.

Today the Broadcasting Authority. Tomorrow all of us.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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