Delta will begin operating daily “rescue” flights while Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport remains closed starting with a flight from Tel Aviv to JFK on 2/20 at 11:55pm.
United will operate daily rescue flights starting with flight 91 from Tel Aviv to Newark on 2/21 at 12:15am. United also plans to operate rescue flights from Tel Aviv to San Francisco.
This comes after the DOT insisted that US airlines be allowed to operate rescue flights like El Al.
Flights into Tel Aviv will be more heavily restricted and dates will alternate between Delta, El Al, and United.
United says that will fly flight 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv on 2/23 and 2/26 at 8:25pm.
Delta says that will fly flight 234 from JFK to Tel Aviv on 2/21 and 2/25 at 11:55pm.
It’s unclear how long Israel will keep Ben Gurion open for rescue flights only, but extensions seem inevitable.
Israeli citizens need to request special permission to enter or leave Israel here. Foreign citizens can leave without permission, but can’t enter Israel in most cases.
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