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Open skies, Israeli airlines and the ego

Israel’s skies are being opened and Israeli airlines are struggling to stay alive. At this point in time two of the three Israeli airlines have taken some steps to ensure their survival. Israir, a small airline with two Airbus A-320s and two ATR-72s, has started cutting its operational costs. The airline’s headquarters has moved to […]

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The new approach path to Eilat airport, the clash and the result

The saga is coming to an end. EL AL will stop flying to Eilat, the resort town on the Red Sea, after clashing with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The dispute began when the president of EL AL decided to cancel the airline’s daytime flights from Ben Gurion airport to Eilat, in southern Israel. […]

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The new approach pattern to Eilat airport – now it’s war

The saga is not finished. There is now open war between EL AL and the Israeli civil aviation authority (CAA). This war was officially declared last week, when the CAA refused to give EL AL another waiver and demanded that with immediate effect, landing at Eilat airport will use a new visual approach pattern. The […]

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EL AL’s surprise move fuels clash between senior figures

It is a very strange situation. The president of EL AL decided to cancel the airline’s daytime flights from Ben Gurion airport to Eilat in southern Israel. He claimed that the new visual direct final approach pattern was not safe. The new pattern, a result of “security considerations”, was announced by Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority […]

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Israeli airlines are not ready for the new reality

The Israeli airlines that opposed the signing of the open skies agreement between the EU and Israel are not ready for the new reality this agreement creates – this fact was known to all the involved parties during the negotiations that preceded the signing. The biggest problem is faced by EL AL – the largest […]

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Turkey and Israel – a high altitude crisis

Tense relations between Turkey and Israel have taken to the skies. While Turkish airlines continue to operate some 100 flights a week to Israel, Israeli flights to Turkey have been suspended because the Turkish authorities have refused to allow Israel security personnel to perform the security checks on passengers boarding flights to Israel. In this […]

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Israeli airlines must be smart and benefit from Open Skies deal

The approach taken by Israeli airlines towards the Open Skies agreement with Europe was a big mistake.  The agreement was signed in Luxembourg a few days ago and now the implementation begins.  The big question is whether the three Israeli airlines – EL AL, Arkia and Israir – will whine every time a European airline […]

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The strike is over, the agreement is in effect – now reality bites

The Israeli airlines that went on strike on Sunday after the Open Skies agreement with the EU was ratified used a very ‘rusty ladder’ to climb down from their high horse.This was the most unjustified strike in the history of Israeli aviation. It left thousands of passengers of EL AL, Arkia and Israir stranded in […]

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Israel-EU Open Skies Agreement approved but passengers left stranded

The prospect of a government not fulfilling a signed agreement tipped the scale. The Israeli cabinet ratified the Open Skies Agreement with the EU on Sunday. A few hours prior to the cabinet vote, workers from three Israeli airlines – El Al, Arkia and Israir Airlines – began a strike and thousands of passengers were […]

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Monopoly declaration another blow to El Al

As if it didn’t have enough already, El Al was hit with another problem earlier this week.The Israel Antitrust Authority on September 9 declared the airline a monopoly in providing security services to the other two Israeli airlines, Arkia and Israir.This decision brings to an end a long dispute caused by El Al supplying the […]

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