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2020-09-24T21:02:42.776Z

| TourismThe confusion is celebrating: a final decision has not yet been made regarding flights from Israel and back in closure • Following the uncertainty, a wave of cancellations in tourism companies Loads at Ben Gurion Airport on the eve of the closure Photo:  Coco The feeling yesterday at Ben-Gurion Airport was reminiscent of other, better times, than a time when the corona virus did not exist at



The confusion is celebrating: a final decision has not yet been made regarding flights from Israel and back in closure • Following the uncertainty, a wave of cancellations in tourism companies

  • Loads at Ben Gurion Airport on the eve of the closure

    Photo: 

    Coco

The feeling yesterday at Ben-Gurion Airport was reminiscent of other, better times, than a time when the corona virus did not exist at all.

Thousands of Israelis passed by, some left and some returned to Israel.

At the same time, it was decided to allow flights to take off from Israel even today (the eve of the holiday) until a final decision is made regarding the airport's operations.

The decision to continue the activity for an additional 24 hours was made by the Minister of Transportation, Miri Regev.

The small committee in which Regev participates has had difficulty giving answers to people in the aviation industry who are suffering from very difficult days, which include cancellations, postponements and questions from customers.

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There are also tens of thousands of Israelis who have booked flights for the coming weeks and find themselves confused due to the inability to make decisions and postpone decision-making regarding the opening of Ben Gurion Airport. About 9,000 passengers, including more than 5,000 on outbound flights, visited Ben Gurion Airport yesterday.

Most departures from Israel flew to Greece (12 flights), to Turkey (9 flights), to Bulgaria and to the USA (4 flights each).

The queues at the airport were very long and some of the pictures were reminiscent of the good days of the pre-Corona period, although the numbers are lower, only this time it is mainly Israelis fleeing the quarantine.

The two Israeli airlines, Arkia and El Al, were to return to operations in the coming days, and if it is decided to close the airport, the companies will have to postpone their return to operations once again.

Following the concern, various travel agencies reported a spike in cancellations and changes.

The Gulliver website reported a 60% increase in calls.

At the same time, it seems that many of the Israelis who booked hotels will not receive refunds.

In such a case, as of today, there is no law that covers the Israeli consumer and the money may not return to them.

Kobi Sussman, CEO of IATA (International Airlines Association), contacted Transport Minister Regev in an attempt to explain to her the meaning of the no-take ban: "Such an outline, in which only inbound flights are allowed, could cause many companies not to operate flights to Israel."

Source: israelhayom

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