American’s exit from Israel had its drama and its return has had its fair share as well.
American pulled out of the Tel Aviv market on 1/4/16 after they merged with USAirways. It was a curious move as USAirways had bragged about how successful the flight had been.
For years there were rumors of American wanting to fly to Israel again.
They finally announced in September 2019 that they would return to Israel starting in September 2020 with 3 weekly flights between Dallas and Tel Aviv. That schedule would miss the peak summer season, but would likely take advantage of planes that wouldn’t be needed as demand to Europe slowed seasonally.
Word got out that American picked Dallas as they would get a nice subsidy to launch service to a new city with at least 3 weekly flights for one year.
That’s disappointing, but not surprising. Nobody knows when travel demand will pick up or when Israel will once again welcome foreigners to the holy land.
But I wish American would start service before next summer on the route so that they could get a quicker gauge on peak demand. Starting a route heading into the slow season is an odd strategy.
For now, American is still selling seats on the route, but presumably that will end soon when the flights are officially cancelled.
If you were booked from Dallas to Tel Aviv, you can cancel your flights for free or ask American to rebook you on a another airline, though you may need to wait until the flights are officially cancelled.
Were you booked to fly on American to Israel?