Improving service for air passengers both on the ground and in the
skies is a priority as Israel faces what are expected to be years
of heavy traffic.
According to the Israel Ministry of Tourism, plans are being
made to minimize congestion at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, the
country's primary facility for international arrivals.
Another international airport is being built 20 minutes north of
the Red Sea resort city of Eilat, on the border between Israel and
Jordan. The Shalom-Salaam airport, whose name uses the Hebrew and
Arabic words for peace, is scheduled to be completed by the year
Until the new airport is built, smaller flights will continue to
land at Eilat's own airstrip, which is located in the middle of the
In other news, El Al, Israel's national carrier, designated all
its flights between Israel and both the U.S. and Europe as
This summer, the carrier is inaugurating its Business
Communications Center adjacent to the business and first class
lounges at Kennedy airport in New York. Its U.S.-Israel route is
served by 747-400s with television monitors at each seat.
Call: (800) 223-6700 or (212) 768-9200; Web site: www.elal.com.
New York-based Tower Air became Israel's top foreign carrier
last summer. To accommodate the increasing volume in Israel, all
its passengers are processed at the new terminal at Tel Aviv's Ben
At New York's Kennedy airport, Tower offers early check-in
services at its terminal plus bus service from two neighborhoods in
Tower Air also recently opened a site on the Web.
Call (800) 34-TOWER or (718) 553-8500; Web site:
In February, TWA began operating Boeing 767-300s (replacing its
747s) nonstop between New York (Kennedy) and Tel Aviv.
The change increases the number of flights per week as well as
the number of seats per plane.
Call (800) 275-4892; Web site: www.twa.com.