July 24, 2014 |
TRAVELERS HOPING to jet off to Tel Aviv yesterday were forced to reschedule plans after airlines suspended service to the Israeli city in the wake of a reported rocket attack. US Airways, the only airline with a direct daily flight between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, canceled Flight 797 to Philadelphia and Flight 796 to Tel Aviv. The cancellations were brought on by the news that a rocket from Gaza had landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a 24-hour ban on flights between the U.S. and Tel Aviv beginning at 12:15 p.m. yesterday.
November 16, 2012
With Palestinian militants barraging Israel with rockets, and Israel preparing to launch a ground invasion into Gaza if necessary, US Airways Group Inc. has issued a travel advisory for Tel Aviv, Israel. Philadelphia's largest airline said passengers ticketed for travel to Tel Aviv Nov. 16-19 can change their flight to travel instead Nov. 17-26 without a $150 per ticket change fee. The penalty will be waived. - Linda Loyd
August 20, 2008 |
US Airways Group Inc. will begin flying to the Middle East with year-round service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, next July. The Tempe, Ariz., carrier said it would offer one daily nonstop flight and begin service July 2, subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Israeli officials. Philadelphia's dominant airline will use new longer-range Airbus 330-200 aircraft, with a capacity for more than 250 passengers, that are scheduled for delivery in the spring.
July 14, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter plans to travel to Germany on Tuesday to sign a "sister city" agreement with the mayor of Frankfurt, the first such pact Philadelphia has entered since 1992. From there he is scheduled to head to Tel Aviv, which signed its own sister-city agreement with Philadelphia in 1967. The six-day trip is part of an ongoing effort to draw international business interest to Philadelphia and, in Israel, to court companies that could base their U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. "We've made it a priority to have Philadelphia become a more international global city," said Luke Butler, chief of staff to Nutter's deputy mayor for economic development, and a member of the delegation leaving Tuesday.
November 17, 2012 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants targeted densely populated Tel Aviv in Israel's heartland with rockets for the first time Thursday, part of an unprecedented barrage that threatened to provoke an Israeli ground assault on Gaza. Three Israelis were killed in a separate rocket attack in southern Israel. Air raid sirens wailed, and panicked residents ran for cover in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial and cultural capital. Israel responded by moving troops and heavy weapons toward Gaza and authorizing the call-up of tens of thousands of reservists.
November 9, 2013 |
TEL AVIV, Israel - A fairly polished public official in his own right, Mayor Nutter received a master class in political performance art from his counterpart in this major Israeli city Thursday. Meeting Nutter at Tel Aviv's historic town hall, Mayor Ron Huldai mugged, shrugged, and hand-gestured his way through a presentation on his hometown that was heavy on humor, at times both irreverent and self-deprecating. The 69-year-old, now starting his fourth term, recalled how he wanted to be a teacher as a young man. "But they told me I was not qualified," the grinning Huldai said in his heavy Israeli accent.
July 26, 2014 |
US Airways resumed its nonstop flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, Israel, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday. The first return flight from Tel Aviv will arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. "Based on a thorough review of all information available," US Airways' parent company, American Airlines, said the carrier would fly Thursday night "as scheduled. " Delta Air Lines said it would resume its once-daily flight from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to Israel on Thursday evening. United Airlines restarted its flights to Tel Aviv starting with a 4:45 p.m. flight Thursday from Newark, N.J., and a second flight that was scheduled to depart Newark at 10:50 p.m. Thursday.
July 25, 2014 |
The Federal Aviation Administration extended a ban for an additional 24 hours Wednesday on commercial flights to and from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, while the FAA "continues to monitor and evaluate the situation. " The FAA said it was working closely with the Israeli government to "review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated. " The decision continued the original, 24-hour no-fly ban imposed Tuesday, in response to the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza and a rocket strike that landed near the main Tel Aviv airport.
August 22, 2015 |
American Airlines will discontinue flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, in January because the route was losing money with intense competition from the New York-area airports. American will close its station in Tel Aviv. The airline does not fly to Israel from another city. "At the six-year mark, we have yet to turn a profit on this route," said Rhett Workman, American's managing director of government and airport affairs. "We really tried to make a go of it. We were hoping that with the merger" of US Airways and American in December 2013, "and, more recently, with the significant reduction in fuel prices, the route would turn to the black.
June 19, 1997 |
It should have been a dream vacation - The Holy Land . . . Jordan . . . Egypt. But for six African-American women from Philadelphia, a recent trip to the Middle East will be remembered more for pain than pleasure. The five traveling partners rendezvoused in Israel on May 24. There, they met a friend, Zoharah Simmons, a Philadelphian and Fulbright Scholar studying in Jordan. The women, who later dubbed themselves the "Gang of Six," also included Ameenah Young, vice president for sales and marketing for the Pennsylvania Convention Center; Francine Cheeks, director of communications for the American Friends Service Committee; Alicia Beatty, director of Circle of Care, a medical funding agency for children with AIDS; Jahara El-Amin, a registered nurse and avid traveler; and Sylvia Wright, a social-services program manager for the state of Pennsylvania and a travel agent.