The Israeli El Al airline cancels all flights and returns planes to the country
Israeli El Al airline cancels all flights and returns planes to land due to growing concern over the company’s Covid money crisis
- El Al reportedly lost $ 140 million (£ 112 million) in the first quarter of 2020
- The company’s CEO ordered that all flights be returned to Israel
- The airline is said to be in the advanced stages of agreeing a government aid package, but would require an agreement from pilots and personnel
Israeli airline El Al canceled all flights and suspended all flights scheduled Wednesday after the pilot’s union announced that its pilots would not be flying due to the company’s current financial crisis.
The airline’s CEO, Gonen Usishkin, also Reportedly ordered all of the company’s aircraft to return to Israel, while all flights – including passenger and cargo flights – were canceled until further notice.
According to a report released Tuesday, El Al lost $ 140 million (£ 112 million) in the first quarter of 2020. The airline has a fleet of nearly 50 aircraft and typically flies to more than 40 destinations.
Pictured: An El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 777-200ER lands at London Heathrow Airport in January 2020. All El Al planes have been recalled to Israel today
Pictured: An El Al Boeing 747 passenger plane is towed to the gate after landing at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel on July 9, 2003. Today all flights have been suspended
“The company’s administration didn’t even respect the agreements signed with the union less than a month ago,” the Pilot’s Union announced Tuesday evening, according to KAN news.
“The union had no choice but to come to the conclusion that the owners of the company cannot survive the situation.”
The dispute between the pilots and the company has not been helped by the airline’s refusal to transfer Boeing 737 pilots to Dreamliner aircraft for both passenger and cargo flights, according to the Jerusalem Post.
El Al Airlines announced that it was at an advanced stage of reaching an agreement with the government to receive aid
El Al Airlines announced that it was at an advanced stage of reaching an agreement with the government to receive aid, but still required the consent of workers and unions to provide it.
About 100 pilots have continued to work for the airline since the start of the coronavirus crisis, while the others have unpaid leave.
The news comes as the airline industry around the world struggles due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Pictured: An Israeli worker in a full Hazmat suit sprays disinfectant into the cabin of an aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport near the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv, on June 14, 2020
Pictured: A cleaner provides hygiene at the check-in counters at Ben Gurion Airport on May 14, 2020 near Tel Aviv, Israel
Earlier today, it was announced that British Airways would switch all of its short-haul flights from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow as it appears to be keeping costs down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ryanair threatened to cut 3,500 jobs today if pilots and cabin crew disagree with cutbacks, airline owner Michael O’Leary announced.
Yesterday, aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced that it will cut 1,700 jobs in the UK, while EasyJet plans to cut 4,500 jobs.
Meanwhile, an airline union has accused EasyJet of “excessive overreaction” after the airline revealed yesterday that up to 4,500 personnel will lose their jobs and that the airline has proposed closing bases at London’s Stansted and Southend airports and Newcastle.