Update, 3/9: United is reinstating and planning to operate afternoon flight UA84 from Newark to Tel Aviv on March 16 and 17. They are also reinstating and planning to operate morning flight UA85 from Tel Aviv to Newark on March 16, 17, and 18.
Yesterday, United cancelled a number of flights to/from Tel Aviv, including UA90 from Newark to Tel Aviv yesterday and today, UA91 from Tel Aviv to Newark today and tomorrow, and UA84/85 (United’s morning/afternoon service between Newark and Tel Aviv) through March 20th.
Many readers and travel agents reached out to me saying that United is cancelling all of their flights to/from Tel Aviv until March 20th.
A Reuters reporter posted the same news on the DansDeals Facebook page based on what they were told by a United Israel spokeperson.
Others linked to this Israeli media story which bizarrely just says that “United Airlines announced Monday that it was cancelling all flights to Israel,” without specifying what in the world that means.
Another cited Israel national radio as saying all United flights to and from Tel Aviv are cancelled through March 20th.
I reached out to United Media Relations and they responded with the following,
“We continue to comply with Israel’s requirements restricting passenger service to Tel Aviv through March 20, 2021. In accordance with the most recent advisory issued by Israel, United will operate passenger and cargo services between Newark and Tel Aviv with our flights UA#90 and UA#91 effective March 9 (eastbound) and March 10 (westbound). United stands ready to operate all of its intended schedule once the Government of Israel allows us to do so.”
They did not comment on why several UA90/UA91 flights were cancelled for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but it’s worth noting that Delta also cancelled their flight from JFK to Tel Aviv yesterday and from Tel Aviv to JFK today. That likely has to do with Israel’s throttling of flights to limit the number of daily arriving passengers to just 1,000.
The confusion may have come from UA91 from Tel Aviv to Newark being sold out through March 20th or from the cancellation of UA84/85 through March 20th.
But there you have it, if you’re booked on UA90 starting on March 9 or UA91 starting on March 10 you should be good to go. Assuming that Israel doesn’t change the rules again.
Delta tells me that besides for today’s cancellation, they still plan to operate 1 daily flight between JFK and Tel Aviv through the end of April. They hope to increase to 2 daily flights in May.