Israel’s Channel 12 is reporting that El Al will suspend all scheduled flight operations after tonight through at least April 4th. They hope to resume service on April 5th, but that date is subject to change and has been pushed back on prior route suspensions.
El Al previously suspended service to all airports except JFK, Newark, London, and Paris. Now those airports will be included as well.
Flight demand has plummeted after Israel closed their borders to foreign nationals.
For now, United still offers daily nonstop service between Newark and Tel Aviv. That is the only remaining nonstop service from North America to Israel.
It’s hard to imagine that the only airline remaining with nonstop service between the US and Israel isn’t El Al, but that’s the current situation.
El Al will still offer charter rescue flights to select destinations where Israelis need extra flights to get home. They have offered flights this week from cities like Perth, Australia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and San Jose, Costa Rica to Tel Aviv.
Per US and Israeli law, airlines must provide refunds when flights are cancelled, but El Al has been declining to offer those refunds.
Remember that if you are being refused a refund:
- You can dispute the charge with your credit card. Just note that if you used a personal travel agent you’ll be taking the money out of their pocket rather than the airline’s pocket.
- You can file a complaint with the US DoT or with the relevant local complaint board.
- If those options fail, you can take the airline to small claims court.