Ben Gurion Airport

FAA Suspends Flights To Israel

El Al to maintain flight schedule; the three U.S. carriers have cancelled their non-stop runs.

07/22/2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours.

Delta Airlines has suspended its flights to Israel, following rocket fire near Ben-Gurion Airport. JTA

Israel Strikes 160 Gaza Sites

Rush hour rockets aimed at Ben Gurion airport intercepted.

07/09/2014
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Jerusalem  — The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least two rockets near Tel Aviv.

Israeli soldiers prepare their tanks near the Gaza border. Getty Images
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Israel Increases El Al Security Payments To End Strike Over Open Skies Deal

04/22/2013

Israel will pay 97.5 percent of El Al's security costs in order to settle a strike over the country's new "open skies" agreement with the European Union, Haaretz reported. The government previously paid 80 percent of security costs, saddling El Al with an estimated $30 million bill to keep passengers safe.

The agreement with the European Union would open new routes between Tel Aviv and members of the Union, lowering the cost of flights by foreign carriers, to the disadvantage of Israel's three airlines: El Al, Arkia and Israir. 

The general airport strike by the Histadrut labor union was called for Tuesday after Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved the  agreement Employees of the three airlines went on strike over the deal hours before it was approved.Dozens of flights by the three airlines were moved up to avoid the strike deadline.

The European-Mediterranean Sea aviation agreement approved Sunday allows European airlines to increase their flights to Israel for five years, which could substantially decrease the costs of airline tickets for Israeli travelers to Europe.

The Histadrut says the deal could mean thousands of layoffs by the three airlines. Employees of the three airlines picketed outside the Knesset during the vote.

El AL claims new open skies agreement with EU gives rivals an unfair advantage. Photo courtesy El Al

Pro-Palestinian Fly-In Protestors Detained In Israel

04/15/2012

At least 27 pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel for a "fly-in" protest were detained at Ben Gurion Airport.

The activists who arrived Sunday from at least four countries are part of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in which activists declare their intention to travel to the West Bank to highlight that there is no way to visit what they call Palestine without traveling through Israel.

Pro-Palestinian Fly-In Protestors Detained In Israel

04/15/2012

At least 27 pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel for a "fly-in" protest were detained at Ben Gurion Airport.

The activists who arrived Sunday from at least four countries are part of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in which activists declare their intention to travel to the West Bank to highlight that there is no way to visit what they call Palestine without traveling through Israel.

Pro-Palestinian Fly-In Protestors Detained In Israel

04/15/2012

At least 27 pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel for a "fly-in" protest were detained at Ben Gurion Airport.

The activists who arrived Sunday from at least four countries are part of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in which activists declare their intention to travel to the West Bank to highlight that there is no way to visit what they call Palestine without traveling through Israel.

Ben Gurion Airport Blocking Political Websites

01/06/2011

(JTA) -- Ben Gurion International Airport's wireless service reportedly is blocking travelers from selected left- and right-wing political websites.

Websites blocked at the Israeli airport include Breaking the Silence, Peace Now and the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, Haaretz reported Thursday.

Haaretz quoted Israel Airport Authority officials as saying that its instructions to its wireless provider, 012, are to block bandwidth-heavy sites and pornography and gambling sites. IAA also noted, however, that 012 uses a filter that categorizes controversial sites.

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