Update: Reuters has now updated its report, confirming that United will not be flying to Israel next week.
Earlier today, the Times of Israel cited Israel’s Kan public broadcasting in reporting that United plans to restart flights to Tel Aviv.
Nearly every foreign carrier has suspended service to Israel due to the difficulties in insuring their planes in a war zone, as well as difficulty in finding crew willing to fly to Israel now.
Many Israeli based elite passengers have reached out to me about getting airlines to offer status extensions to them, but so far airlines have been mum on that, just saying passengers can always ask for an individual exception after the year closes.
United has been canceling flights week by week, with their next flight for sale scheduled for 11/25.
I reached out to United’s US based media relations team to confirm that report, and they wrote back, “Our Tel Aviv flights will remain suspended until conditions allow them to resume.”
That statement had some wiggle room in it, but sounded like United was not planning on resuming flights anytime soon.
But then Reuters reported that a United company spokesperson said that flights will resume on 11/24.
Reuters is usually a reliable source of information, though it seemed odd to me that United would resume flights on the 24th, when the airline isn’t selling flights until the 25th.
Perhaps the Israeli based reporters are getting differing information from United’s Israel media relations?
I reached back out to my contacts at United’s US based media relations team about the Reuters report, and they wrote back in no uncertain terms, “We are confirming that report is false.”
It’s rare for the media relations department to issue a statement that crystal clear, but it sure seems that United won’t be flying to Israel next week.
Then again this is clearly a fast-developing situation and anything can change, so this post will be updated if it does.