Airlines resume flights to Israel, El Al snubs Dublin, Morocco routes

National carrier says is closely monitoring changes in customer preferences since war and adjusting flights accordingly; Air India announces it will resume flights to Israel starting on March 3

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Israeli airline El Al said it would not be renewing flights to Marrakech in Morocco and to Dublin in the upcoming summer season, starting in April due to changes in demand for tickets.
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"Since the first day of the war, El Al has been closely monitoring changes in customer preferences and adjusting its flight schedule accordingly," the company said. "Due to the ongoing security situation, there has been a significant decline in demand from Israelis for tickets to various destinations worldwide."
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El Al's Boeing 787
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The statement further noted, "Following the announcement of the suspension of the route to Johannesburg in South Africa, the drop in demand has also been evident in other destinations, including Dublin in Ireland and Marrakech in Morocco."
All passengers whose flights are canceled would be notified and offered alternative options. "Suspending these routes," El Al explained, "allows for expanding operations and adding hundreds of flights to existing and sought-after destinations, alongside exploring opportunities for new destinations."
Meanwhile, Air India has announced that it will resume flights to Israel as of March 3, after most airlines worldwide suspended flights to Ben Gurion Airport following the outbreak of the war.
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In a statement sent to travel agents, Air India said that the flights would initially operate on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, taking the shorter route over Saudi Arabia. El Al does not operate direct flights to India, making Air India the only airline to offer direct flights on this route.
Throughout January, airlines resumed operations at Ben Gurion Airport including Lufthansa, Swiss, Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air France, and Tarom.
Low-cost carriers Wizz Air and Ryanair resumed partial operations in Israel. Bluebird Airways, Smartwings, TUS Airways, ITA, and LOT Polish Airlines have also announced the resumption of their flights to Israel.
These airlines are joined by carriers like Flydubai, Red Wings, Azimuth, Ethiopian, Air Sinai, Etihad Airways, Heydar Aliyev International Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, and Hainan Airlines.
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