El Al credit: Dani Sadeh El Al reports Q3 growth, Q4 apprehension

El Al CEO Dina Ben-Tal Ganancia: We quickly adapted ourselves to emergency mode and made sure to maintain a stable and active flight schedule while taking care of passengers' safety and security.

Evacuees in the Leonardo Tel Aviv credit: Ilim Evacuees replace tourists in Fattal hotels

The Israeli government is paying Fattal NIS 410 per night per adult and NIS 205 per night per child to host evacuees.

Ben Gurion airport arrivals board credit: Tali Bogdanovsky Ben Gurion airport flights cut by 80%

An average of 100 flights are landing daily at Ben Gurion airport during the war compared with the usual 500 flights.

Norwegian Cruise Line credit: Shutterstock GEORGE STAMATIS Norwegian Cruise Line cancels all Israel sailings for 2024

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Harry Sommer: I think it will take time before people feel safe about returning to Israel.

Statue of Liberty credit: Shutterstock US Visa Waiver Program for Israelis comes into effect early

Eligible Israelis can now apply online for authorization to travel to the US through ESTA, one month earlier than planned.

Dina Ben-Tal Ganacia  credit: Ronen Dvash El Al warns war will hit results

The airline has joined a string of Israeli tourism and aviation companies warning of a downturn.

Flight cancellations  credit: Shutterstock Few foreign airlines still flying to Israel

Israel's three airlines El Al, Israir and Arkia are operating extra flights to pick up the slack.

Ben Gurion airport departures board credit: Reuters Anadolu Agency More foreign airlines cancel Israel flights

Over the past day Turkish Airlines has become the latest carrier to suspend flights to Israel until further notice.

Lufthansa credit: Lufthansa PR Israelis stranded abroad as foreign carriers cancel flights

Despite adding flights, Israeli airlines cannot cope with the huge number of Israelis trying to return home, although some foreign carriers are still flying to Ben Gurion airport.

Ben Gurion airport credit: Private picture Ben Gurion airport stays open as foreign airlines cancel flights

Foreign carriers are canceling flights due to insurance coverage problems while Israeli carriers have added flights to bring Israelis home.

Gil Bringer meets Alejandro Mayorkas credit: Israel Embassy Washington Visa Waiver Program will boost Israel-US ties

Gil Bringer, who oversaw the process of Israel's acceptance, stresses the advantages, but warns the US will monitor how many Israelis overstay their 90-day visa.

Population and Immigration Authority offices Tel Aviv  credit: Cadya Levy 1.8 million Israelis currently ineligible for US visa waiver

The US visa waiver program is only applicable to holders of biometric passports, which many Israelis have not yet obtained.

Ben Gurion airport Photo: Shlomi Yosef Israel's crowded airports boost IAA results

Midroog has affirmed Israel Airports Authority's Aaa rating after its operating profit more than quadrupled in the first half of this year.

Statue of Liberty credit: Shutterstock US approves Israel joining the Visa Waiver Program

Israelis join the citizens of 40 other countries who are not required to obtain a visa to enter US.

Ben Gurion airport credit: Shutterstock Ben Gurion airport Terminal 3 set for enlargement

In 2024, as part of the expansion project, commercial space will be increased and adapted to passengers' demands, with stress on price controls.

Tourism Ministry campaign Tourism to Israel still below pre-Covid levels

While most top European destinations are enjoying more tourists than in 2019, Israel is struggling to bridge the gap.

Selina founders Daniel Rudasevski and Rafael Museri   credit: Inbal Maramri Selina stock collapse takes big investor names with it

Among the investors in Selina Hospitality, which has lost 99% of its value since it was floated, are Sir Ronald Cohen, Len Blavatnik, Gigi Levy, and Adam Neumann of WeWork fame.

Arkia  credit: PR Arkia's merger into listed shell company cancelled

Technoplus Ventures has notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that negotiations with Arkia have ceased.

El Al credit: Dani Sadeh El Al operating profit jumps tenfold

Operating profit in the second quarter of 2023 was $90 million, ten times the operating profit of $9.4 million in the corresponding quarter of 2022.

Ben Gurion airport credit: Idan Eretz Ben Gurion airport close to bursting point

The overcrowding will only escalate as Israel desperately needs a second major airport as the government procrastinates.

Tourism Ministry campaign Tourism to Israel remains 13% below pre-Covid levels

2.11 million foreign visitors entered Israel in the first six months of 2023, compared with the record 2.42 million visitors in 2019, before the pandemic.

Selina founders Rafael Museri and Daniel Rudasevski credit: Inbal Marmari Selina to lay off 350 and close five hospitality properties

The company also reported that Global University Systems (GUS) is investing up to $50 million in Selina.

airport Icelandair launches Tel Aviv - Reykjavik flights

The new route is enjoying high demand from Israeli tourists wanting to visit Iceland, and for connection flights between Tel Aviv and North America.

Israir credit: Moni Shapir Rami Levy's Israir set to buy Czech airline

The acquisition of Smartwings and its fleet of over 40 aircraft would make Israir Israel's biggest airline, leapfrogging El Al.

Queueing for passports at Tel Aviv Population and Immigration Authority offices  credit: Cadya Levy Israel's "Passports Marathon" exceeds expectations

Minister of the Interior Moshe Arbel has succeeded where others failed in solving the passport applications backlog, but the true test is yet to come.

Downtown Jerusalem credit: Shutterstock Israeli tourism staging sluggish recovery

1.76 million foreign visitors entered Israel in the first five months of 2023, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports, compared with the record 2.03 million visitors in the corresponding period of 2019, before the pandemic.

El Al credit: Danny Sadeh El Al Q1 loss narrows, adding new routes

The Israeli airline said it plans to expand its fleet from 45 aircraft to 60 by 2028 and is in talks to add new routes to Australia, the Philippines and US cities.

Ben Gurion airport taxi rank credit: Shutterstock Only one bid filed for Ben Gurion airport taxi tender

At present the taxi situation at Ben Gurion airport is very problematic with a lack of taxis available at peak times and drivers ripping off tourists by charging exorbitant fares.

Zehavit Cohen credit: Yonatan Bloom Korea's Yanolja buys Israel's Go Global Travel

No financial details about the deal were disclosed but market sources believe that AMI, which has invested about $85 million, has made a handsome profit on the sale.

Raphael House Hotel  credit: Ori Ackerman Rothschild building in Rishon LeZion becomes boutique hotel

Yoad Seroussi has invested NIS 20 million in restoring and adapting the building constructed by Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

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