Articles tagged “israel”

Oman Will Open Its Airspace to Israel’s National Carrier

Oman Will Open Its Airspace to Israel’s National Carrier

Isabel Debre, Associated Press

Even though El Al still can't fly over Saudi Arabia, this new development might get it one step closer to reducing its flight times.

2 months ago

Airbnb West Bank Boycott Draws Ire of Israel’s Government

Airbnb West Bank Boycott Draws Ire of Israel’s Government

Isabel Debre, Associated Press

Israel's priorities in the West Bank run counter to what's best for the region's tourism industry. For its part, Airbnb is listening to advice that much of the international community also supports.

3 months ago

Israel’s Tourism Boom Prompts $10 Billion Island Infrastructure Project

Israel’s Tourism Boom Prompts $10 Billion Island Infrastructure Project

David Wainer and Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

A new airport on an artificial island could really help with Israel's land scarcity problem as tourists continue streaming in, assuming the existing infrastructure can hold out for another 10 to 15 years.

9 months ago

An Israel-Bound Commercial Flight Passes Through Saudi Airspace for First Time

An Israel-Bound Commercial Flight Passes Through Saudi Airspace for First Time

Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg

It's a win for Air India to shave two hours off a flight by going over Saudi Arabia, but will El Al be allowed the same opportunity?

11 months ago

Israel’s El Al Appeals to the UN as It Seeks to Fly Over Saudi Arabia

Israel’s El Al Appeals to the UN as It Seeks to Fly Over Saudi Arabia

Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

Global politics are a mess, right? It's a shame an Israeli airline can't fly over Saudi Arabia, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. Will the International Civil Aviation Organization step in and change the status quo?

12 months ago

Top Jerusalem Christian Attraction Remains Closed to Protest Taxes

Top Jerusalem Christian Attraction Remains Closed to Protest Taxes

Josef Federman, Associated Press

When a church owns many different types of property, the line between religious space and commercial interest — encompassing hotels — becomes blurred.

12 months ago

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

David Wainer, Bloomberg

Christian tourism is a big deal to Israel, and this tax dispute, if it isn't resolved soon, won't help.

12 months ago

Intrepid Travel Uses Food Tourism to Gain a Better Understanding of Israel-Palestine Divide

Intrepid Travel Uses Food Tourism to Gain a Better Understanding of Israel-Palestine Divide

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Many Israelis' favorite dining outings bring them to Middle Eastern restaurants. Dining commonalities aren't going to accelerate a two-state solution, but they are one place to start.

1 year ago

Bethlehem Tourism Surges Despite Political Tension

Bethlehem Tourism Surges Despite Political Tension

Fadwa Hodali and Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg

Christmas is approaching and pilgrims have been undeterred from visiting the narrow streets of Bethlehem, revered as the birthplace of Jesus. They visit against a backdrop of protests that have broken out over the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

1 year ago

Germany Calls for Talks With Kuwait Airways Over Barring Israelis From Flights

Germany Calls for Talks With Kuwait Airways Over Barring Israelis From Flights

Associated Press

Air traffic law is like Swiss cheese, and Kuwait Airways has put its finger in a hole that can't be blocked. Yet if the banning of selected nationals would become commonplace, it would widely upset the stability of global travel.

1 year ago

Israel’s El Al Airlines Struggles in a Newly Open Market

Israel’s El Al Airlines Struggles in a Newly Open Market

Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

For many years, El Al had the benefit of competing in a market with some tight controls over what airlines could fly where. That's over now, and Israel's flag carrier needs to improve, or it will continue to shed customers.

1 year ago

Israel Is Welcoming U.S. Evangelicals for High Holiday Tourism

Israel Is Welcoming U.S. Evangelicals for High Holiday Tourism

Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg

Israel attracts a wide range of visitors, and evangelical Christians are coming in droves this year thanks in part to U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

1 year ago