Air France, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Arkia, Austrian, Delta, Iberia, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish, Virgin Atlantic, And WizzAir Cancelling Select Flights To/From Israel In March

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Update 5: Air Serbia is cancelling flights to/from Belgrade and Tel Aviv on March 12, 20, and 30. Changes can be made one time without penalty for travel through 10/24.

Update 4: Virgin Atlantic has confirmed that they will cancel all Tel Aviv flights from March 12 through at least March 31.

Update 3: Delta has confirmed that they will cancel all Tel Aviv flights from March 14 through at least March 24.

Update 2: United wrote to Israeli travel agents today they are committing to continue all of their flights to North America for at least 7 days from now.

Additionally, all previously unavailable United flights have now been restored for sale. This post will be updated when more information becomes available.

Update: Based on current flights for sale it tentatively appears that:

  • All international Arkia flights are cancelled in March.
  • All Wizz Air flights are cancelled from March 13-23
  • Turkish Air flights from Istanbul to Tel Aviv are being reduced from 9 per day to 2-3 per day from now through March 31.
  • All Delta flights between JFK and Tel Aviv are cancelled from March 14-24
  • All Air France flights to Israel are cancelled through March 28
  • All Lufthansa flights to Israel are cancelled through March 28
  • All Iberia flights to Israel are cancelled through April 30
  • All Alitalia flights to Israel are cancelled through March 28
  • All Austrian flights to Israel are cancelled through March 28
  • All Swiss flights to Israel are cancelled through March 28

This situation is highly fluid and this post will be updated as more information is released. If you are booked on a flight that may be cancelled, be sure to call your booking airline for reaccommodation.


On the heels of Israel announcing a mandatory quarantine on arrivals from abroad, United appears to be cancelling select flights between the US and Israel from March 11-31.

United.com is not showing any flights for sale between Newark, San Francisco, or Washington DC and Tel Aviv starting on March 11th through March 31st. That’s typically indicative that the flights will not operate. (Update: United has restored 1 daily Newark-Tel Aviv-Newark flight, see post update above)

United can still restore the flights, I’ve reached out to United for comment.

If you do want to fly to or from Tel Aviv you should call now to rebook on a flight today or tomorrow before seats fill up.

United flight 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv today is currently delayed as United seeks clarification from the Israeli government on the new quarantine restrictions.

I’d expect similar moves from other airlines as well, so be sure to call now to rebook your travel ASAP before flights are cancelled.

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Njmacman

What about Pesach?

Levi

I have a flight on Wednesday April 1, should I assume it will be canceled as well?

Mir

What should we do? My mom (US citizen, visiting me med student in Israel) is scheduled to fly out of Tel Aviv March 22 to LAX on United. Should we be trying to book with other airlines?

Yael

If it’s important to her to get back and not get stuck indefinitely, I would leave now

Yehuda

Agreed.

David

Wow Dan thanks for this information my father have a ticket to tel Aviv on Wednesday.

yitrap

UA 91 is not zero’d on the 14th or the 15th

Buruch

How does it help to rebook if everything will be cancelled?

SL

Looks like TLV-EWR on 3/11-3/13 is still operating. Think that will get cancelled?

WCF

My in laws are booked to come back from Israel on March 17. Guess that’s not going to happen now.

Josh

Lucky you

Outlaws

I see what you did there

Al

What other options are there for getting to the US with a United ticket? Lufthansa group isn’t flying right?

mike

still see flights during those days

John

What about flights on march 11?

Eric

Dan ,
Any suggestion if you tickets booked Using Chase points with Air Canada for April 5th and 6th to TLV via YYZ If they would refund and give back the points ?

Peerim

Talk about an early Peerim.

IN THE KNOW

Everyone relax – I spoke to a UA Exec and I was told they are consolidating to one flight a day

Scott

What does that mean?

Baron

Shtusim. They are sold out. (Usually the morning flight since everyone was getting rebooked to that flight from stopover cancellations.)

mark goldbegt

I found flights when I searched united.com

henry

i just spoke to an agent he says its not yet final

jack

this is only 84/85 not 90/91

Aaron

I still see flights available both ways during that time period. Has anyone seen actual cancellations?

jack

The flights are selling again.

HT: C

Elli

I booked a united round trip flight for next wed. march 18 from NYC to London. I then started a new round trip reservation with Elal from London to TLV for Thurs. the 19th and was supposed to arrive back in London the 25th & depart London the 26th on the way to NYC.
I booked the united reservation with ultimate rewards and the elal reservation with partial points and partial money.. Will I be able to get a refund on my united flight being that my united flight isn’t going to Israel? I have no use for one leg of the trip if i cancel going to Israel.

BC

I doubt united will help you since the Israel rules have no effect on US-London flights, it is not the concern of United. They might save you the redeposit fee if delta’s action forces all airlines to allow cancelling.

Aaron

Update- just Wednesday and Thursday are not showing up. The rest of the month is back up for sale

knowitall

@Dan As others have pointed out, united is still selling flights for the whole march to TLV.

Tzo

I have a United flight on April 1st to TLV, What do you suggest?

Djekx

Dan this isn’t true. I just spoke to them and they told me the reason there are a lot of dates without flights is because they are all booked. If you go and search there are still some flightsvon many of the days. Search a Friday night flight and you’ll see it’s still available

Chff

Cuz the phone usually know a lot what’s going on and seriously care what’s flying

Nussy

Hey Dan You are still able to book flights on March 11th on united.com

henry

i still see 1 aday for sfo aswell.

Ricola

We just booked for tomorrow night from the app. The app shows several available flights over the next 2 days while the website is not.

gav perlman

should i be ok on a turkish airlines thursday morning flight from tlv?

joel

what will the crew do be quarantined from arrival till they leave ?

Jsm

How about turkish. Airlines. ate they still flying.

whoknows?

On united.com if you go to booking it only shows one evening flight and not the regular morning flights for the next few weeks. Could mean that theyre only flying those and people with morning flights will have to switch. (Same with ewr to tlv.)

JR

How come some people are serious about the virus and others seem to not care too much or think that people are overreacting?

BC

BC nobody knows what will happen. Some people are laughing it off. I just cancelled a trip NYC-MIA for Purim since nothing good is likely to come of it, at best. There is the likelihood it gets serious and crazy here or, as some expect, this will blow over.

Helen

Will either blow over or as it becomes more familiar, it will become like flu that nobody bothers talking about and doesn’t disrupt the entire world.

JR

Thank you for the replies. I know my wife is taking it very seriously, but my brother is not at all thinks people are overreacting. Hopefully we just are and this blows over soon!

Abe

I just checked United.com and they are still letting you book for those dates!

Batchy

Just checked united first available flight out of tlv is April 1st

Joy Travel

Delta seems to have followed and pulled inventory until 25 March. Meanwhile ELAL claims they will continue flying “based on demand”…

Mike

Any info what might happen to aircanada 1055am flight tlv to yyz?

Ploni3

If you’re talking about Tuesday, that flight probably is fine as the inbound is on the way. They don’t fly this Tue and we will have to see whether they end up flying out of Toronto Wed and on…

Max

DL advised that they are still operating tlv-jfk on March 11,but sold out on seats

Sam k

We are on 85 from Israel on wed…no updates or news on website…60 minute plus hold time

Rivkah

I hope my delta flight Wednesday night is OK!
What’s the cc insurance policy on this situation?

Ep54

Any idea of Aeroflot status?

Sara

If you’re on a canceled United flight, can you get a refund instead of rebooking?

Dan\'s the Man

Of course

Aaron

Just spoke to United Premier Desk. They DID cancel UA85 TLV – EWR at least for March 23rd (confirming what Dan wrote about UA85 canceled for much of March).

That is why the flight is no longer for sale on United website. However they did NOT yet cancel /reboook those already on the flight, although they admit that the flight is NOT scheduled to fly. They therefore have not notified their customers of the cancellations.

Call now and make sure to talk to them – UA91 is still scheduled to fly on that day (later in the day) so you can pop on that or any other United flight with no fee for the change, regardless of when you originally made your booking -(just be polite to them despite their mess-up and failure to notice) and they will near certainly accommodate.

Eli

Dan, or anyone else……My flight was originally booked with austrian who put me on UA 85 march 25th…united cant switch my ticket because austrian “owns it” and Austrian says the flight isn’t officially cancelled so any changes is considered voluntary and will cost $380 PP. any advice?

als

had the same with swiss

Flyboy

If you go to United’s website you can still book. United has not made any statement about cancellations as of yet

Batchy

On united you can still book from tlv

NW

Thanks for the info. Typically, how close to the flight can they cancel?

Dan\'s the Man

They can cancel whenever they want even after the time is supposed to leave…

Meir

What happens it Delta cancels from TA will they put me on a Elal flight ?

Batchy

What’s with areoflot, Tap, Uia leaving tel aviv after thursday?

Sanity please

TAP flights out of TLV are all cancelled as of 10:30 this morning. 🙁

Djekx

I’m flying on the 12th from tlv -ewr in the morning. Why didn’t I get any cancellation email if this was happening?

1010

what the status of UA90 march 18
if they cancel and there will be no flights back. on which flight will they Reebook me? whats the risk?

Batchy

And what’s with El AL past thursday?

Djekx

Also, why would they send flights to tlv and not send them back?

Josh

My whole school has a flight sat night delta March 14 tlv to nyc is it also getting cancelled it’s a fully booked flight

Dan\'s the Man

Even if it’s not cancelled you can’t enter if you don’t all have home quarentine so you ain’t going

BrooklynDan

TLV – NYC

Ynk

What about flights to the UK?

Abe

What’s the best number/way to contact United?

George

The problem is that crews on flights from the US overnight in Tel Aviv. This becomes impossible if they have to be quarantined for 14 days. One solution would be for flights into Israel to carry two crews, but United won’t do that given that demand into Israel has most likely fallen dramatically. I’m on United # 85 on Sunday, and so far I have not been notified. One question Dan: If I have a confirmed upgrade to Polaris Business on March 15,and the flight is cancelled, will United re-book my flight also in business ?.

Dan\'s the Man

Crew flying back the next can fly back the next day of course

George

You mean crews will have quarantine waivers from the authorities to overnight in Tel Aviv to fly out next day ?

Abe

I have tickets for United 85 on 3/12
CS said it’s likely to fly, but I’m nervous.
If I book now on Turkish for tonight will I be able to get my ticket fair back from United if it’s not cancelled in the end? I booked with Chase Sapphire reserve, does that provide coverage?

Bachur

This article only mentions cancellations from the US to TLV. Does that mean that TLV to US has no cancellations?
I’m booked on United March 23 TLV-EWR. What are your thoughts on this? Trying to avoid having to rebook for sooner.
Thank You!

Verycrazy

They want a $250 fare difference to switch my flight to Thursday night even though they cancelled my original flight.

Delta is cancelling!

I was on the phone with a delta rep yesterday at 6:30 pm to change my flight on April 1 to an earlier date at first she said that there is no availability until march 27 it’s all overbooked then she called her supervisor to see if she can also put me on a flight somehow and he said that as of tomorrow they will be cancelling all flights departing from tlv to NYC and the flight on Tuesday night is the last flight before they cancel until march 27 they said that this is somewhat due to the fact that klm and air France and virgin have already started to cancel their flights so anyone with a delta flight should start looking at other options.

Jason

I was told by the Delta rep that my sons flight is still on but very possible he does not have the correct information. Israel needs to give the flight crews a waiver that they don’t have to self quarantine and can go right back on the next days flight. The new rules probably give them no choice but to cancel.

sammythek

united is swearing up and down that UA 85 for wed at 1030 am from TLV to EWR is not cancelled. Thoughts? Advice?

Me

It’s not correct information, my son is booked on a flight from tlv to ewr on March 12 10:30 am It does not show on the website, so I thought it was canceled like you said. I called United and they said that it is completely booked and that’s why it doesn’t show up, and it is not canceled

sammythek

This is what United just wrote to me minutes ago (750am EST): Only select flights are being cancelled due to flight demands. These are between March 11-31. However, at the moment, March 11th [UA85] is scheduled to depart and we have no indication yet that it will be cancelled. You can reach out to us again and we can double-check that for you.” Do i trust that? Who knows? But thats what they said.

Help!

Anyone want to split a rowboat with me? If we leave now, we’ll probably make it for Pesach!

brhgf

i am scheduled to fly united tlv sfo lax march 25 and was told by united the flight is still scheduled and they are not showing for purchase because “they are sold out”

E

Anything on tlv to london?

Lazer

Just spoke to United they clame that till March 21 all flights from TLV to EWR are not cancelled yet.

George

It’s taking one hour or longer on hold for someone from United reservations to answer the phone.

Sammy

Hi Dan- is motzei Shabbos, March 14th delta 0469 still operating? It’s showing on their app that almost every seat is taken and that it’s running on time and when I spoke to delta this morning they said that it will still be running. Thank you!

Michael S

I’m on the flight as well and was just notified by Delta that they will be canceling that flight

George

I’m seeing lots of supposedly “full” flights, but when I look at the seat map, there are lots and lots of seats available.

YB

What about Turkish TLV to Istanbul?

AG

Can you answer this question @Dan

Robert

What about air canada?

confused

If I have a UA 91 flight booked for March 16, should I try to move it back?
What airlines do have tickets available March 12?

KC

Delta currently has a 3 and a 1/2 hr wait on their phone line. however, unlike many other airlines they have a callback option. Good Luck!

dave

Any update onELAL – LAX ?

sfried

Jost saying….. Jordan international airport is a 4 hour drive from Jerusalem, there you can get direct flights to Jfk, if anyone wants

Mike

Good luck getting teffilin into Jordan

ag

I hope this is a troll

Mike

Does anyone have an AirCanada update?

Eli

Elal moved over their Toronto flight LY31 for Thursday 3/12 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 it’s earlier

YB

ye but there will be a bunch of drunk buchrim

D

Currently on UA 85 tlv – ewr. Just spoke to flight attendant who told me all their schedules were cancelled for this route. She said original plan was to keep that one flight going but not anymore now all crew members and pilots schedules were cleared for tlv until April.

Djekx

When did she say it would go into effect? Please let me know asap. Appreciate it

D

Tomorrow is the last day. The 11th

Djekx

My flight is supposed to be on the 12th. Why wouldn’t they cancel it already? Not sure what to do now

D

I asked why they aren’t announcing yet she was unsure. Maybe try calling and finding out
Sorry for the double response, thought the first didn’t go through the WiFi’s not the best 🙂

Djekx

Lol. When I call they tell me that theres no problem and the flight is as scheduled with no cancellations

D

She said tomorrow is the last. The 11th

Djekx

Wait so what does she say about the update that Dan just added about continuing for 7days. Sorry for the bother just need to get home:)))

D

Dan any news on this?

Yehuda

Delta showing flights from Israel to nyc through Amsterdam all week. What can you read into that?

Mike

United day flight is available again on the whole March.

Chef Harris

I am offering Pesach cooking lessons for all the Jap women who never made Pesach in their lives.
Who always went to a hotel and are forced to stay home with their families.

George

LOL

George

United has resumed selling tickets for their 10:30 AM TLV-EWR daily flight (UA 85). Good sign I suppose.

Flyer

Dan, so the flights from TLV-EWR will be happening now that they send out this letter to the travel agents?

zow

Virgin Atlantic now suspends TLV flights:
https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/news/coronavirus.html

Josh

Only jfk to Tel Aviv but flying tlv to nyc is it a prob ….. just got off the phone with delta

Mi2

What about British Airways?

E

Wondering the same

Yehuda

Delta wouldn’t confirm with me that my flight on March 12th from TLV will be fine. Said can still be canceled

MC

Has there been any hack about british airways flights?

Gabe Tennenberg

Where did you get the information on Virgin Atlantic?

susan

I live in Israel and was flying out on Thursday morning on BA to Washington. Obviously I cant go knowing I will be in isolation when I come back. Spoke to BA and they will only let me put a hold on the ticket for a year. They wont refund me unless the flight is cancelled.

Yehuda

The Delta prices are back up for the 11-14h so I guess that means the flight on those days are confirmed?

Joel Weber Weber

Any update on LOT to Poland

Fernando Flores

I have a flight on the 11th from JFK to tel aviv. Will delta still be able to help me or am I just screwed?

B

Dan, if my Iberia flight just got cancelled and they gave me a voucher, should i still try to get on a direct flight (elal or united)? or if that gets cancelled ill also get stuck with another voucher?? im only planning on flying once a yr? (my flight dates are apr1-20)

Myriam Nachimovsky

I bought two tickets with British airways to Israel for the first April for Pessah coming back the 20 to New York what to do

Denverite

At least for now, the BA flights this week all look like they are going. If someone sees otherwise please post.

Chaim

Any news on Air Canada?

Chani

Im trying to get my son home from Yeshiva, all his flights have been canceled… is ELAL a good option? Is it worth booking him on an ELAL flight?

Moshe

My friends flight with aeroflot was just cancelled

Chani

PSA: To anyone who is looking for flights from TLV to the USA, do NOT book on TAP (air Portugal). They are showing flights for sale, but they just canceled my son’s flight. The customer service rep told me that they have canceled flights to and from TLV until JUNE!

Yochai

Not true! I had a ticket with them for 4/19 and they canceled the evening flight, they rebooked me the next morning.
Though they are slow on the pickup, so things may change again

David

I have been trying to call TAP (air Portugal) at 800-221-7370 and can’t get through.
No music, just a ring and a busy signal.

How are you contacting them.

I have a reservation with them on April 20th from TLV to EWR.

thanks

David

Michael S

Delta has canceled our March 14th flight Tlv-JFK and is not giving us any other options to fly out of TLV at the moment.

josh

anything on aeroflot ?

E

And someone still supports Russia…..

Rhoda

What about elal flights

Yehuda

Any info on Norwegian?

y

what the story brithsh air ways

Qsman

Using Whatsapp to talk wit VA as I keep loosing place in queue

charles

as of now there is flights on schedule from both newark and DC which means that they are landing IN tlv. so safe to assume that wednesday and thursday are on.

Rena

My son is flying on March 17 from tel aviv to New York, with air canada. Do you think they will still be flying? Do you think I am better off trying to get him a ticket on elal?

Yona

only hashem knows that!!!!!!

Mike

How to get a refund on United? I was going for pesach but obviously will get denied boarding since I don’t have somewhere I can quarantine for 2 weeks.

Yochai

Dan, how about a post about airlines that still are flying to TLV (at least for now)?

Carol Dor El

Is friday flight washington tlv still happening?

wim

Anything about Azerbaijan Airlines [AZAL] JFK to Tel Aviv?

jonathan moskoitz

if my Alitalia Israel flight is canceled , do I get refund?

sam

I booked tickets with Air Serbia in January my son was added as an infant because at the time of the flight he would be under 2 years old- now that they will be canceling flights and I will need to change dates and at that time my son will be over 2- Will they issue him a ticket??

Bachur

“united won’t cancel for 7 days” – That’s 7 days from what date?
Thank you

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