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At El Al this afternoon, they announced cancellation of the company's flights to all destinations in Italy, Bangkok, Thailand, and an equally dramatic announcement is the postponement of the direct line to Tokyo on April 4.
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The company has to deal with a major cancellation wave to the same destinations following the outbreak of the Corona virus and the Foreign Ministry and Health Ministry warnings about those countries. The decision on Thailand, Italy and Japan joins the extension of flights to Beijing and Hong Kong until May 2 this year.
Delaying activity for all destinations in Italy (Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples on flights from San Dor) from tomorrow, Friday 28/2/20 for two weeks, until 14/3/20. At the same time, the company's operations in Thailand will be suspended from Monday 2/3/20 to 27/3/20 (last appearance to Bangkok on Sunday, 1/3/20 and Bangkok to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, 3/3/20).
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Postponing the launch of the Tokyo line has many meanings. Al Al has invested high amounts in the campaign towards one of the company's interesting and intriguing lines. This is the first line ever between Tel Aviv and Tokyo and according to travel agents, the demand for the line was very high, until the outbreak of the virus.
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Japan has seen a significant increase in the number of tourists coming to the country and El Al in recent years, but the current flight to Japan's capital will be delayed by almost a month, from March 11 to April 4.
The company also said that passengers holding canceled flight tickets could get their money back, or, alternatively, travelers interested in an alternative flight would contact the company's service center or the travel agent through which they made their reservation.