April 23, 2024

United Airlines to resume Israel flights

United plans to resume a daily flight from New York Newark to Tel Aviv next month.

Two initial flights on March 2 and 4 will stop in Munich “to ensure all service providers are ready to support non-stop service to and from Newark”.

There will be no Newark departures to Tel Aviv on March 3 and 5 but United plans to resume daily nonstop services to Tel Aviv from March 6.

The airline’s flights to Israel have been suspended since October following the attack by Hamas terrorists on southern Israel.

United said it conducted a detailed safety analysis in making the decision to restart services, including close work with security experts and government officials in the US and Israel.

“We also worked closely with the Air Line Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants to develop the protocols to ensure they are safe and well-informed,” it said.

United will continue to monitor the situation in Tel Aviv and adjust the schedule as warranted.

“We’re eager to resume a second daily Tel Aviv flight from Newark as soon as May as travel demand recovers. Previous flying from San Francisco, Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare will be evaluated for resumption beginning in the fall,” it added.

British Airways is set to resume flights to Israel on April 1.

It plans to operate four flights per week between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv but the outbound service from Heathrow will stop for 45 minutes in Larnaca, Cyprus, for a crew change as BA staff will not be allowed to stay in Tel Aviv on safety grounds.

“We’ve taken the commercial decision to move Tel Aviv to our short-haul network when we restart our flights on 1 April,” said BA in a statement.

“This aligns these flights with other similar length flights we operate, and we’ll keep this decision under review.”

Other European carriers, including Lufthansa and Air France, have already resumed services to Israel.

Virgin Atlantic has decided not to restart flights to Israel until early September. 

“Due to the ongoing situation in Israel, we have taken the difficult decision to extend our pause on flying to and from Tel Aviv up to and including September 4 2024,” it told passengers.

“The safety and security of our customers and our people are our number one priority and our flying programme to Israel remains under constant review.”