Coronavirus Prompts Israel's National Carrier El Al to Suspend Most Routes
El Al will continue to maintain regular air service to New York, Newark, Toronto, London, Paris, and Johannesburg
As daily life in Israel becomes increasingly limited as the government ups its country-wide restrictions in an effort to battle the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), Israel’s national carrier El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. is reacting accordingly. The company announced Thursday it is suspending most of its 40 routes as of Sunday. Those include all of its European routes, excluding Paris and London. All of the company’s American destinations except for New York and Newark will be suspended as of Wednesday.El Al will continue to maintain regular air service only to six destinations: New York, Newark, Toronto, London, Paris, and Johannesburg. announced it will let 800 permanent and 200 temporary employees go, with most others expected to go on unpaid leave. Israir Airlines Ltd., which employs 470 people, is expected to let go some employees and put others on unpaid leave. Arkia Israeli Airlines Ltd. already put 100 of its 550 employees on vacation.