Flight Industry in Danger of Collapse in Israel

Israel’s aviation industry is in danger of collapse, airline company heads told the country’s coronavirus airport commissioner, the Jerusalem Post reported. A solution to allow air travel, despite fears of new coronavirus variants and rising case numbers, must be found quickly, the airline heads told Maj.-Gen. (res.) Roni Numa ahead of the coronavirus cabinet’s meeting. Numa met with the heads of El Al, Israir, and Arkia and international carriers in order to hear their feedback and ask for solutions ahead of the meeting. In addition, the CEOs sent a letter to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling on him to recognize the seriousness of the situation for the industry and its workers. Israel’s travel industry is in a state of disarray as the government waffles on offering any clear guidance about travel restrictions ahead of what is hoped to be a busy August. Among the ideas that have been floated in recent days are the prospect of requiring all incoming travelers to quarantine for seven days and closing the airport completely. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and coronavirus commissioner Prof. Nachman Ash have repeatedly asked Israelis to avoid any nonessential travel plans. Such talk is causing a lot of anxiety for the tens of thousands of Israelis with travel plans for August, as well as for the airlines expecting to carry them. Read more.