US Airlines Pause Flights To Israel Amid Rising Tensions

Amid mounting security concerns in Israel, three United States-based airlines with regular commercial flights to Tel Aviv have…

US Airlines Pause Flights To Israel Amid Rising Tensions

Amid mounting security concerns in Israel, three United States-based airlines with regular commercial flights to Tel Aviv have paused their flights. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have all canceled Tel Aviv-bound flights across much of this week.

US airlines, including United Airlines, have paused their flights to Israel. Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Flying

As the conflict between Israel and Palestine steps up a notch, rockets have been targeting Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. That saw the airport temporarily closed and flights redirected to nearby airports as threats intensified.

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American Airlines cancels Tel Aviv flights from New York JFK

American Airlines has a travel alert in place for flights to Tel Aviv between May 12 and 25. The airline sends a daily Boeing 777-200ER across to Tel Aviv from New York’s JFK Airport. At the time of publication, the Dallas-based airline has canceled its outbound AA146 service on Wednesday and Thursday and the return AA145 flights.

The airline is waiving change fees across all fares (including basic economy) for passengers due to fly to Israel between May 12 and 25, as long as they are happy to travel between now and June 15. American Airlines notes a passenger’s origin and destination ports must be the same. Passengers must book into the same cabin (or pay the difference) and must have purchased the original ticket on or before May 12.

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American Airlines has paused Tel Aviv flights from New York. Photo: Miami Dade Aviation Department

Delta’s Tel Aviv flight from JFK also canceled

Delta Air Lines also flies between New York’s JFK Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International. Delta normally sends one of its A330-900neos across to Israel. DL234 heads out of JFK late in the evening. The return DL233 flight pushes back from Tel Aviv just before lunchtime. Delta canceled Wednesday’s service, citing “operational disruptions.”

Delta’s travel advisory indicates passengers booked on flights to Tel Aviv on or between May 11 and 13 can rebook into the same cabin free of charge to travel up to May 17.

“If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance,” Delta’s travel advisory notes.

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Delta canceled Wednesday’s Tel Aviv flight. Photo: Miami Dade Aviation Department

United Airlines cancels Tel Aviv flights from San Francisco, Newark, and Chicago

United Airlines is the third US-based airline with services to Israel. The airline normally operates flights to Tel Aviv from San Francisco, Newark, and Chicago. United Airlines canceled Wednesday’s UA954 Boeing 787-9 flight from San Francisco due to security concerns at Ben Gurion. United’s Tel Aviv-bound Boeing 787-10 service on Tuesday and Wednesday, UA84, was canceled from Newark. Also not operating was UA140 out of Chicago O’Hare on Tuesday.

Citing unrest in the Middle East, United Airlines is allowing passengers booked to Tel Aviv between May 11 and May 25 to rebook free of charge onto a flight up to June 15. Like American Airlines, passengers must rebook into the same cabin, or a fare difference will apply. Passengers must travel the original route booked. Passengers must have purchased tickets on or before May 10.

Meanwhile, late on Wednesday, El Al says it is still operating flights to the United States. Israel’s national airline has flights due to depart for New York JFK, Los Angeles International, and Miami International on Thursday, May 13. However, El Al does advise that if passengers prefer not to travel, they can rebook to another date free of charge or apply for a travel voucher.

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Airline Startup Of The Week: Spain’s World2Fly

Spain’s World2Fly is all set to start flying next month after it received its Air Operators License (AOC).…

Airline Startup Of The Week: Spain’s World2Fly

Spain’s World2Fly is all set to start flying next month after it received its Air Operators License (AOC). The carrier will operate a fleet of Airbus A350s and A330s from Madrid and Lisbon to destinations in Latin America. Let’s find out more about this carrier.

World2Fly plans to take delivery of its first A350-900 this month, with two more planes joining the fleet over the next year. Photo: Airbus

Ready to go

According to Routesonline, World2Fly has secured its AOC this week, clearing the way for it to begin flights. The carrier plans to offer transatlantic flights to destinations in Latin America starting this summer. World2Fly will operate its first-ever flight on 19th June from bases in Madrid–Barajas and Lisbon Airport.

The airline is owned by Iberostar, a global hotel and tourism chain that holds 120 luxury properties globally, including in Latin America. World2Fly will primarily function as a leisure charter airline, carrying travelers to Iberostars properties in three countries at first.

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World2Fly will join the ranks of European leisure charter airlines such as TUI, Condor, and others. Photo: Airbus

The airline’s first three destinations will:

  • Havana, Cuba
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Cancun, Mexico

All of these routes will be served twice weekly from Madrid and once weekly from Lisbon from 19th June onwards.

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Unique layout

As we draw closer to World2Fly’s first flight, we have more details about the carrier’s cabin configuration. The airline will feature a whopping 432 seats on its A350-900, close to the aircraft’s maximum capacity. This likely signals the A350 will be configured in a single-class economy layout, one of the few airlines opting for this.

Meanwhile, the A330-300s are slightly less dense, with only 388 seats. The A330-300 can carry up to 440 in a single class configuration, which means that Which2Fly’s aircraft might possibly feature a premium economy. However, this could also mean a more comfortable economy layout for passengers.

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World2Fly will have one of the densest A350-900s in the sky when it takes delivery. Photo: Airbus

World2Fly’s Director General Bruno Claeys has said the airline would take delivery of one A350 and one A330 this month. The next A350 will join the fleet in May 2022, while dates for the other A330s remain unknown for now.

According to Planespotters.net, the airline’s A350-900 is registered EC-NOI and was originally meant to go to Aeroflot. However, the latter deferred delivery, allowing World2Fly to take it up instead. However, the Spanish carrier’s A330-300s are on lease from AerCap and well over 10 years old.

Travel reopening

As travel slowly reopens, travelers are desperate to fly out and get some sun. Most popular destinations in Latin America opened their borders months ago, allowing visitors globally to enter quarantine-free. As Europe eases travel restrictions, expect many to fly long-haul to their favorite leisure spots soon.

However, questions over testing and quarantine upon return to Europe remain in doubt currently. While Germany has removed most restrictions for travel from nearly 100 countries, the UK has only cleared 12 countries for quarantine-free travel. The coming weeks will provide more clarity on the popularity of World2Fly’s plans and travel rules.

What do you think about World2Fly’s plans? Would you fly with them? Let us know in the comments.

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