[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until September!

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Update: As speculated below, El Al has now confirmed that all flights are suspended through August 31st.


Originally posted on 7/5:

With Israel’s borders closed to foreign nationals through at least July 31st, and El Al in a pilot dispute, the airline remains in hibernation mode and has closed sales of all flights through August 31st.

El Al has been automatically rebooking passengers booked for travel in July on other airlines.

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.

  • 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 cancelled through August 31st and reduced to 1 per day through October 24
    • Flights between Las Vegas and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st and reduced to 3 per week through March 25, 2021.
    • Flights between Orlando and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Miami and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st and reduced to 2 per week through October 24
    • Flights between Newark and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st and reduced to 0-1 per day through October 24
    • Flights between San Francisco and Tel Aviv are cancelled through March 13, 2021
    • Flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
  • Europe: 
    • Flights between Amsterdam and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Athens and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Barcelona and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Berlin and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Brussels and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Bucharest and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • 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 August 31st
    • Flights between Geneva and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Kiev and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Larnaca and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between London/LHR and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between London/LTN and Tel Aviv are cancelled through September 30
    • Flights between London/STN and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Madrid and Tel Aviv are cancelled through are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Manchester and Tel Aviv are cancelled indefinitely.
    • Flights between Marseille and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Milan and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Munich and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Nice and Tel Aviv are cancelled through October 25th
    • Flights between Rome and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Paris and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Prague and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • 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 August 31st
    • Flights between Warsaw and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Zurich and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
  • Rest of world:
    • Flights between Bangkok and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st
    • Flights between Beijing and Tel Aviv are cancelled through October 23
    • Flights between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st and reduced 3 per week through October 24
    • Flights between Johannesburg and Tel Aviv are cancelled through August 31st and reduced 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 September 3rd
    • 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

If you are holding El Al tickets for US flights, you can file a DoT complaint to try to get a refund or you can always try disputing the charge with your credit card.

El Al has been pushing travel agents to keep selling tickets, but I can’t imagine buying an El Al ticket at this point in time. They may as well offer a donation receipt instead of a ticket in return!

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

HT: yandmk

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55 Comments On "[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until September!"

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donkey

Time to hit the reset button. Remind me how do we sign (worthless) petitions to install Gordon Bethune?

Ejb

How about nefesh bnefesh flight?

AV

Any solution for a LY flight to YYZ that was canceled?

ej

My round trip flight from JFK – TLV on Aug 10-25 still does not show as cancelled on El Al’s site. Any idea as to when that will happen? I doubt Qantas will refund my points until El Al officially cancels the flight.

AH

I had success canceling a elal ticket bought thru Qantas points even before the flight was officially canceled by elal

Ej

what method of contact did you use to get qantas to cancel? what did you tell them

Sarah

My daughters seminary is leaving on el al flights in late august will those be cancelled? Are those cancelled?!!

YS

My son had a round trip from TLV to EWR. He did the first leg but probably won’t be going back….anyway to get a refund on the return half?

Stevo

I have made DOT complaint, elal complaint etc and credit card charge too old dispute, screed again. ELAL YOU SUCKKKKKKK

Chaim

“El Al has been automatically rebooking passengers booked for travel in July on other airlines.”
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My flight was cancelled but I didn’t receive a notice about being booked on another airline.
How do I find out about that?
Thanks.

R

I have the same question.
Can someone please answer?

EG

The writing has been on the wall for a long time.

ELAL has flawed corporate DNA, there were several warning signs (Shabbos flights, pilot problems), those that chose to ignore them did so at their own risk. It was just a can being kicked further down the road. A company with that kind of corporate DNA should be subject to natural selection (aka creative distruction).

Shmoogrr

They should suspend all flights forever 🙂

Jake

That’s just priceless. Frum Yids wish that thousands of El Al employees should have their parnassas and lives destroyed because of a few dolts in senior management.

samdaman

It’s not just senior managment. It’s the super powerful pilots union, and possibly also the cabin crew union. No, not sorry that they get what’s coming to them.

pinay

in all likelihood Yeshivas or seminaries will not be opening to foreign students until after Succos

Diane

I had a ticket to fly JFK to Tel Aviv on March 16. ElAl did not cancel the flight. I canceled and they told me i could rebook without penalty by November 2020 (a year from when i bought the ticket) and had to fly by February. What steps should i be taking? Anything? Given that I’m 70 years old and have no idea if i should think about getting on a plane in any case…

jake

I have a flight for august 17th from Newark, I’m married with two kids, what course of action should i take?

Yonah

My son was booked on 8/26 out of JFK; Booked him on Delta with miles as a backup.

MOMO

so is United the only way to get to Israel for Israeli Citizens ?

JG

Anyone have luck getting Chase points refunded for a cancelled El Al flight?

Dan\'s the Man

File a DOT complaint against Expedia/Chase

Mille_Bornes

Yes. First time I called Chase they said nothing they could do. Next day I called and person refunded my points while on the phone. I had pointed her to the covid notice on elal site that all flights were cancelled. Also told her that elal had told me that I had to contact Chase since booked through them. She looked and said okay. This was back when they extended the cancellations through 7/31 and I didn’t see the flight listed on their schedule anymore (schedule is also available on elal’s site).

Mendy

Dan, how do you get all that info? Do manually search each flight? Sounds like a lot of work. Kol Hakavod to you for gathering all that and for all you do!

Stam a guy

At this stage, what are the chances Israel is open to tourists for Succos? Have a whole bunch of itineraries I would need to cancel (not on El Al). May as well start the process now?

AP

We had flights for June 16 EWR-TLV, that were canceled. Is there anything to do beside for DOT complaint to get a refund?

Ari

My 8/3/20 Flight JFK-TLV still shows as confirmed on the website. I purchased with QF points and would be happy with a voucher to use in the future. I made a request online but haven’t heard back and have not received a cancellation email.

Shmooger

September of which year??

YH

You write that they automatically rebooked passengers on other airlines. Can I assume that they’ll do that for me should they still not be flying in September? (I have a flight booked with them for 9/17

Avi

What is the process with ElAl tickets booked through Chase using UR, do I contact chase for refund, is chase on our side or making things complicated getting a refund.

Achshell

Just watch how Israel thinks that they can win COVID. They’re crashing their economy into the ground. It’s worse than California and Michigan there. Drum people are the most targeted. This might be the way in for mashiach

Yoni

Does anyone know the likely of yeshivas opening up in Israel for Elul next zman?

samdaman

you mean this elul or next?
in any case the Mir said today that they’ll know by the end of the week

Mordy Nissel

My son’s yeshiva, Netiv, had us book Delta 8-31, and is expected to go!

Barak

September flights seem to be cancelled now too from Toronto

DJ

Finally received my refund – for a Pesach flight (booked and paid Dec 2019). I did write a letter to Chase Sapphire- not sure if they intervened or not. But the refund posted.

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