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July 24, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
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.
NEWS
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
BUSINESS
August 20, 2008 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2012 | By Karin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 19, 1997 | By Linda Wright Moore
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.
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TRAVEL
May 23, 2016
Q: I have been attempting to get reimbursed for out­of­pocket expenses from Alitalia, and I'm hoping you can help. The problem started when Alitalia checked me in as the wrong passenger on a flight from Miami to Rome to Tel Aviv. There was another E. Weiner on the flight. I discovered the problem while waiting to board the flight in Miami. My ticket was supposed to be from Miami to Tel Aviv via Rome. My boarding pass was only to Rome. While the staff scrambled to correct the problem ticket and boarding pass, they said they would board the plane and find my bags.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2016
It's hard to break the ice when you arrive in a new city, so here's an app to help you get the conversation started. Find a great bar, restaurant, your next destination, or even a friend before, during, or after your trip. Name: Plane: The Social Icebreaker What it does: Gets people talking about travel (and life), whether they're daydreaming at their desk about traveling or are already on the road. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four Israeli companies plan to open offices in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, following his return from a three-day business visit to Tel Aviv. The trip was a continuation of a trade mission in November 2013 and this time included a stop in Frankfurt, Germany. Nutter signed a sister-city agreement with Frankfurt - Philadelphia's first in 23 years - before traveling to Tel Aviv, which has been a sister city to Philadelphia since 1967 and is also a sister city to Frankfurt.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter was set to depart Tuesday night for a six-day trade mission to Germany and Israel, to encourage companies there to do business in Philadelphia and local firms to expand into those foreign markets. He was scheduled to fly first to Frankfurt and sign a sister-city agreement. "I think there's a synergy between and among our cities. There's a very strong German American community here in Philadelphia, one of the first that was settled in the United States," Nutter said in brief remarks at City Hall before departing.
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth Muscal, 79, of Penn Valley, an accomplished Israeli citizen who spent much of her adult life here, died Thursday, June 11, in Tel Aviv. She had long been ill with dementia. Mrs. Muscal was the wife of Zvi Muscal, and the couple arrived to Philadelphia in 1979 when he was in charge of establishing a branch of Bank HaPoalim here. The Muscals fell in love with the city, and he founded First Executive Bank, then on Walnut Street. Several years ago, the Muscals returned to Tel Aviv.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lauryn drops Israeli show Lauryn Hill has canceled her Tel Aviv concert, scheduled for Thursday, but the outspoken artist has no intention of boycotting Israel, as some have claimed. Hill says she scrubbed the show because she was unable to set up a corresponding concert in Palestinian territory. "My intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah," Hill says on Facebook. Hill says it's important to her to play for both communities because she wants to "be a presence supporting justice and peace.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HOW FAR would someone go to win a football game? Lower Merion's Ari Wilen went all the way to Tel Aviv, Israel, to find success on the gridiron. Wilen is a 2014 graduate of Lower Merion High School, where he played varsity football for 3 1/2 years. The Bulldogs had almost as many wins as coaches during Wilen's time with the team. New coaches arrived in Wilen's sophomore, junior and senior years. Lower Merion won three games his sophomore season and put up goose eggs in when he was a junior and a senior.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Elad, deputy consul general of Israel to the mid-Atlantic region and a resident of Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood since August 2005, vacationed in his homeland last June - a visit that coincided with Tel Aviv's Pride Week. Festivities were just beginning when he met Oren, then a Microsoft senior account executive for government and health care in Israel. "It was love at first site," Oren said. "The moment I laid eyes on him, I told my best friend, 'You know, I just met my husband.' " It would take Elad a little longer to let himself fall that hard - but not much longer.
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