El Al will stop flying to Toronto this fall, ceding the Canadian market to Star Alliance member Air Canada. Canada’s flag carrier offers year-round nonstop service between Toronto and Tel Aviv and seasonal nonstop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv. El Al has kept Air Canada fares in check, and I’d expect fares between Canada and Israel to eventually rise as a result of this.
El Al will also discontinue flights to Warsaw and Brussels.
Airlines across the world have been cutting flights as pilot shortages wreak havoc with airline schedules.
Flights between Tel Aviv and Toronto have long been cheaper than to El Al’s US destinations and El Al will apparently be looking for more lucrative markets for their fleet. New markets such as Miami have done well for the airline.
I have had several friends drive the 4.5 hours or fly the short flight from Cleveland to Toronto to catch a nonstop El Al flight to Israel at a fraction of the cost of other flights to Israel, so it’s not just a loss for Canadians.
El Al will continue their Toronto flights until after the Tishrei holiday season, with the final flight in both directions scheduled for October 27.
A petition was launched to try to convince El Al to stay in Toronto, though I’m skeptical of the author’s claims, given that El Al surely has better data on the route’s profitability and growth potential than he does.
Will you miss this flight? Do you think El Al will return to the Canadian market in the future?
HT: Eli Webster