Update: Israel approved measures on Sunday to force all arriving passengers into quarantine hotels and flights should be allowed to resume, though several have already been cancelled.
United flight 90 that departed from Newark to Tel Aviv yesterday arrived on time, but things went wrong from there.
Passengers were expected to be transported by Israel to quarantine hotels by the state of Israel, but that never happened. Passengers report that they were allowed to take taxis to their home and that Israel never collected their quarantine documentation.
In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled all inbound flights until the situation is sorted out.
That doesn’t affect too many flights as the only major commercial airlines flying to Israel these days are Ethiopian from Addis Ababa and United from Newark. United cancelled their flights today, tomorrow, and Tuesday to Tel Aviv, but they still have Monday’s flight to Tel Aviv on the schedule. Daily flights starting on Wednesday are showing as operating.
United’s Tel Aviv to Newark flights are showing as cancelled on Monday and Wednesday, with daily flights returning on Thursday.
Ethiopian still has a flight from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv tomorrow showing that it is on time, though it remains to be seen if that will operate.
Israel doesn’t expect a regular flight schedule to resume until September. I’d assume we’ll see more flights resume over the coming months, but the full pre-coronavirus schedule will take time to return.
Do you have any plans to fly to or from Israel in the coming months?