British Airways has already got cold feet and postponed the restart of London – Tel Aviv flights by two weeks from May 2 to May 16.
Delta plans to restart flights between Tel Aviv and New York on May 8, but seems to be keeping its options open when it states, “Delta continues to evaluate its schedule and is adjusting as needed based on customer demand, government travel directives and CDC guidelines.”
The question is whether there is enough demand to make the flights viable and the carriers could be making these announcements to reserve flight slots and be ahead of the game when flights restart. Moreover, consumers will be wary because it has become clear from recent experience that passengers booking and paying for flights that are then cancelled, won’t be getting their money refunded so quickly.
The main issue dampening demand is that Israel is still barring entry to all non-Israelis while Israelis returning from abroad are required to enter 14 days self-isolation. In response to an enquiry from “Globes” on the matter the Ministry of Health said that no change is expected in the near future. The Ministry of Health said, “At the moment there is no change in the entrance policy to Israel. The issue will be addressed in the future in the event that the fall in morbidity continues.”