Thanks To Visa Waiver Program Entry, El Al Will Add More US Flights Next Year, Roundup Of Record 112 Weekly North America-Israel Flights

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Thanks to Israel entering the US Visa Waiver Program, El Al is gearing up for what it expects will be a record setting year for flight traffic between North America and Israel.

The airline will be adding a 4th daily flight between JFK and Tel Aviv.

The new flight will start in June 2024, departing from JFK at 2:30pm and arriving into Tel Aviv at 8am the next day. It departs from Tel Aviv at 7:30am and arrives into JFK at 12:20pm the same day.

Unlike the other 3 daily JFK flights operated by a 787-9 Dreamliner, the new flight will be operated by the smaller 787-8 Dreamliner.

For those keeping score at home, here are the 112 weekly flights currently scheduled to fly between North America and Israel next summer from 12 gateway airports:

  • Atlanta: 7 weekly flights on Delta (A350-900L)
  • Boston: 3 weekly flights on Delta (A330-900neo) and 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-8)
  • Chicago: 4 weekly flights on United (787-8)
  • Fort Lauderdale: 2 weekly flights on El Al (787-8)
  • JFK: 7 weekly flights on American (777-200), 7 weekly flights on Delta (A330-900neo), 22 weekly flights on El Al (787-8 and 787-9)
  • Los Angeles: 6 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
  • Miami: 5 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
  • Montreal: 4 weekly flights on Air Canada (787-9).
  • Newark: 14 weekly flights on United (787-10), 11 weekly flights on El Al (787-9)
  • San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United (777-200)
  • Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada (787-9)
  • Washington DC: 3 weekly flights on United (787-8)

That’s up from 67 flights scheduled in summer 2016, 77 scheduled in summer 2017, 75 scheduled in summer 2018, 95 scheduled in summer 2019, 101 flights were scheduled in summer 2020 but only 7 operated in summer 2020, and 106 scheduled in summer 2023.

Do you think more flights will be added between North America and Israel next year?

HT: tavster, via DDF

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I still cannot believe a second airline does not fly nonstop from Los Angeles……How is this possible??? (I know it’s an ultra long haul flight with limited connectivity but still)


What are the chances FLL turns into a daily flight?


What about Vegas? Not returning?


…and still no service to TLV from PHL


Why does only elal add flights? And did people realy not come because a visa?

Eric from Dallas

Dallas? he said hopefully


Pretty please!!


Don’t understand why Aa to tlv is so incompetent we really need phl to tlv, between lkwd Baltimore and phili ppl there’s a huge demand


And of course Toronto…
One flight a day on one airline (AC) is ridiculous.


Late to the party, but EWR is closer to Lakewood than PHL, and IAD is closer to Baltimore. (Depending on traffic, of course.) A PHL flight would basically just be servicing PHL (or whatever connections run through there) plus whoever finds a cheaper flight than EWR or IAD has to offer.


the 730am leaving tlv will be a boon for some, bit of niche timing, the only nonstop flight betwwen 1am and 1030 am [elal sometimes..]


Maybe we can get a Hawaiian Airlines flight from one of their hubs 🙂

talmid chuchem

@dan I see you mention a few times in the comments that AA doesn’t have from xyz because of their decades long incompetence. I thought that they have log resolved it?


The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be revoked sooner or later, as the overstay rate among Israelis will be over 2%.


Flew today from TLV to JFK, the purser a senior female told me to enjoy one of the last flights on American, because likely after Hanukah this flight will be history, and not to be replaced from PHL neither.