El Al Appears To Be Cancelling Some Flights Through March 2021 And Beyond

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With Israel’s borders closed to foreign nationals through at least June 30th, El Al remains in hibernation mode. The airline is negotiating with the Israeli government for a bailout that will require the airline to shrink in size.

Generally speaking, you can see if your flight will be cancelled based on which flights the airline is still selling. Based on researching which flights El Al is currently selling, below is a roundup of apparent route cancellations. Of course this is still subject to change until a flight is formally cancelled and flights can still be further delayed as well.

New service launches to Chicago and Tokyo are delayed until next March. If the airline is forced to shrink, it wouldn’t be surprising to see those launches cancelled or delayed further.

Also interesting is that El Al isn’t selling any flights to Las Vegas or Orlando and they aren’t selling flights to Boston or San Francisco until next March. These are routes where El Al has struggled to make a profit and I wouldn’t be surprised if some or all of these routes are permanently cancelled in an environment where El Al is forced to shrink.

  • North America:
    • Flights between Boston and Tel Aviv are cancelled through March 13, 2021.
    • Service launch between Chicago and Tel Aviv will be delayed until March 14, 2021 at the earliest
    • Flights between JFK and Tel Aviv are reduced to 1 per week through June 30 and 1 per day through September 4
    • Flights between Las Vegas and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv are reduced to 1 per week through June 30  and 3 per week through August 1
    • Flights between Orlando and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Miami and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30 and reduced to 2 per week through September 5
    • Flights between Newark and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1 and reduced to 1 per day through September 4
    • Flights between San Francisco and Tel Aviv are cancelled through March 13, 2021
    • Flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv are cancelled through July 4 and reduced to 1 per week through August 1
  • Europe: 
    • Flights between Amsterdam and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Athens and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Barcelona and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Berlin and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Brussels and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Bucharest and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Service launch between Dublin and Tel Aviv has been delayed indefinitely
    • Service launch between Dusseldorf and Tel Aviv has been delayed indefinitely
    • Flights between Frankfurt and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Geneva and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Kiev and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Larnaca and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between London/LHR and Tel Aviv are reduced to 1-2 per week through June 30
    • Flights between London/LTN and Tel Aviv are cancelled through September 5
    • Flights between London/STN and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Madrid and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Manchester and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Marseille and Tel Aviv are cancelled through July 1
    • Flights between Milan and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Munich and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Nice and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Rome and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Paris and Tel Aviv are reduced to 1-2 per week through June 30
    • Flights between Prague and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Sofia and Tel Aviv are cancelled through December 8
    • Flights between Venice and Tel Aviv are cancelled through September 2
    • Flights between Vienna and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
    • Flights between Warsaw and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Zurich and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30
  • Rest of world:
    • Flights between Bangkok and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Beijing and Tel Aviv are cancelled through October 23
    • Flights between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are cancelled through June 30, reduced to 2 per week through August 1, and 3 per week through October 24
    • Flights between Johannesburg and Tel Aviv are cancelled through July 2 and reduced to 1 per week through September 5 and to 2 per week through October 24.
    • Service launch between Melbourne and Tel Aviv has been delayed indefinitely
    • Flights between Moscow and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 1
    • Flights between Mumbai and Tel Aviv are cancelled through October 24
    • Service launch between Tokyo and Tel Aviv will be delayed until March 10, 2021 at the earliest

Are you booked on an El Al flight that appears to be cancelled?

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Bennish travel

Wasn’t the SFO route already announced it would be Axed before Corona? what is the last date its for sale?

Gaby

@Dan can you explain the shrinking part? What is the point? Why?

Some people did something

What about service to London STN?

Elal

My reservation for July 12th hasn’t been cancelled formally yet…

Elal

LY10 JFK – TLV

Anonymous

Ly10 jfk-tlv for end of June was cancelled today. Frustrating.
Have any of United EWR TLV flight’s ticketed recently been cancelled? Does United require passengers provide Israeli-entry-approval prior to boarding?

R

This might be posturing too — by cancelling a bunch of flights they are showing the gov’t they NEED a bailout.

SM

Sad, we were in a golden age of flights to Israel pre-COVID with non stops from EWR, JFK, TOR, BOS, IAD, MIA, MCO, LAS, LAX, and SFO, with projected service to start from MDW and DFW as well. All that traffic would have served to help keep prices down and award seats up. Sadly, looks like we’ll be back to a few years ago when it’s NYC, LA, TOR, and SFO, with maybe a couple of others sticking around like MIA.

Moishebatchy

There were nonstop flights from TOR to Israel? I don’t recall seeing any flights from Torrington, Wyoming…

Canadian from toronto

Uber chuchem!

Yitz

Did you know that off the bat or did you look up every airport code from the list???

CtownBin

I’d give him benefit of the doubt- all the other airport codes in the list are pretty well-known, I know I knew them, and “TOR” kind of stands out like a sore thumb and is obviously wrong.
But I’d be shocked if anyone here knew which city TOR was without checking…

Eliteflyer

When was MDW ever in the books?

TC

Dan,

Thank you for the info. We have tickets for July 6 on LY28 from Newark to TLV, and returning in August. Is there somewhere where the cancellation you mentioned (Newark through August) appears, so that I can show it my travel agent to seek a refund?

Thank you!

Joseph

Dan maybe you help I can’t seem to get my money refunded from elal they cancelled my return date in March and I spoke to them then and they said I will see a. Refund of the money within 30 days haven’t heard from them since filed a complaint with dot never got a answerdisputed my charge on Citi and they fought back and won of course not sure why!!!
What else am I supposed to do
Thanks

Donny

And contest the charge again. El Al did this to me with Capital One and I countered by contesting a second time with proof of the cancelation. Second time seems to have worked.

Glushtygiz

Elal officially just canceled ALL flights from june 20 aand on… remains to be seen abt July.
Bc of small second wave in israel and govt taking strong stand

Glushtygiz

I have email if anyone wants

Tovah

@dan
Do you have an info on when Israel will be allowing non citizens to enter??

Chaim

If EL AL cancels my flight, will they give me a full refund or only credit to be used within a certain amount of time?
Any help would be appreciated.

Rikki

Can someone please advise?
Thank you.

Josh

Hello – can anyone help me find someone to speak to at el al. My flight is June 29 it has been cancelled but the flight was a gift and I really need a credit to use next year (hopefully) not a refund. I’m sure that would be fine with el al but I’ve filled out the contact form twice on the website and of course no response. I just need to speak to someone. Any help?

Barbara Beiss

Is it possible for a non Israeli citizen to fly with his spouse, an Israeli citizen (Israeli passport) in July for a family event? Can we petition the Israeli embassy or consulate? We will quarantine as required.

SH

We had a flight scheduled from Chicago next week. No refund yet, filed a complaint with DoT and with my credit card. Now El Al fighting back saying they will give a credit for 12 months and then if not used, will refund. I wrote back to my CC and said based on DoT rules, they must refund (https://www.transportation.gov/individuals/aviation-consumer-protection/refunds) since they cancelled the flight, even for non-refundable flights. Waiting to hear back now, but if/when we travel to Israel again, it will never be with El Al!

Dave

PLUS, who knows if ElAl will ever return to the Chicago market— it didn’t even begin

Simone

Why is the estimated delay for Chicago until March 2021 and not earlier?

Y Zorger

Received a email from Chase travel yesterday that my June Elal flight from Prague to Tlv return Tlv to Budapest has been canceled and gave me a voucher for the same amount I paid to book a future flight on Elal that needs to be completed by December 2021.

JG

I have an Elal flight scheduled for July 1 (JFK-TLV) for an Israel program that is not taking place. Ticket was booked through Chase UR. What is the best strategy here – hope the flight is cancelled and then hope i get a refund, or take a credit now though no idea if i’ll be able to use it by Dec 2021? Appreciate any advice!

Shmoogrr

Maybe they should just stuck to Cargo

Becca

I had a flight for my son booked for June 16th. Received the email from ElAl saying that (at the time) all flights were cancelled through June 20th. It also said that they are currently “freezing” my ticket and that either a change of destination or refund will be done once they return to full operations. I saw on ElAl’s site a form to fill out to request a refund for a ticket – has anyone filled this out in addition to an email from ElAl?

Sholom Kaufman

Tread carefully. It has very tricky lingo.

Issac

Any update on elal refund still waiting from mine through chase ultimate rewards?

Sholom Kaufman

just received an official email from ELAL that my 6/22 flight is cancelled:

Dear EL AL Passenger,
Due to the COVID-19 situation EL AL flights that were scheduled to depart on 21-30/06 have been canceled.
At this period we will freeze your ticket.
Change of a destination or receiving a refund for your ticket will be done once we will return to a full operations.
You can follow our flight schedule on our website: http://www.elal.com
We wish to apologize for the inconvenience.
EL AL.

I’m not satisfied with this meaningless (non) update and since I’ll accept nothing less than a refund, just filed a DOT complaint.

Sholom Kaufman

I would like to fill out the official refund form they have, but this part stopped me in my tracks. Don’t trust them at all:

“I confirm that I would like to cancel all flight tickets and their accompanying services on this booking”

Josh

Just flew with el al from tlv to Lhr with B. Class No extra b”c check in no lounge. on plane very poor meal must whear face mask on all flight, the flight 1st flew to Paris then to London while in Paris they cleaning crew comes to clean must say did not look any cleaner after that I felt bad for the people coming up in Paris finding dirty seats, and they charge full B. Class price

Aviva

we have flights to Prague from TLV for Jul 2 but haven’t had an answer back yet…. paid with CSR points… they told me just wait… or they may just give us credits for another flight… so not interested :p

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