Flights to Israel in June 2020 - Who’s flying to Tel Aviv during COVID-19?
After a record-breaking year for Israeli tourism in 2019, the coronavirus pandemic has brought international travel to a halt in early 2020. The list of airlines and flights to Tel Aviv during COVID-19 is constantly changing and can be quite confusing. Ben Gurion International Airport has experienced a flight reduction of close to 99% compared to the usual schedule of flights to Tel Aviv. Limited options include rescue and cargo flights, in addition to the daily United Airlines route between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv. However, as restrictions are slowly eased, flights to Israel in June 2020 are anticipated to begin resuming gradually.
**Last updated May 31, 2020**
At the moment, entry to Israel is only permitted for Israeli passport holders, residence visa holders, and passengers with specific entry approval. In addition, anyone returning from abroad is required to remain isolated for 14 days, in accordance with government directives for entering Israel. It is highly recommended to contact the embassy prior to flying to inquire if entrance will be permitted. For entry to Israel, check the Israel Ministry of Health guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
United Airlines operates a daily flight between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv (UA90/UA91).
Israir is currently operating rescue flights for Israeli citizens abroad. Check their website for further details.
Belavia is operating a weekly flight from Minsk to Tel Aviv on Tuesdays.
Ethiopian Airlines has bi-weekly departures from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv each Sunday and Wednesday.
El Al was set to launch special passenger flights from New York, Paris, and London to Tel Aviv beginning on May 5th, 2020. The anticipated route will be operated by the airline’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with Economy, Premium, and Business class options. The flight’s route to Europe will be: Tel Aviv – Paris – London – Tel Aviv. Following an additional assessment, El Al has since decided to extend the suspension of their passenger flights until June 20th, 2020. The airline will continue to operate rescue and cargo flights in the meantime.
Wizzair has renewed flights to Israel, with an emphasis on social distancing and hygiene. The first flight arrived on May 3rd from Luton airport, just outside of London. The airline will launch a new route from Milan, Italy to Tel Aviv from July 17th, 2020.
The Irish budget airline has announced that it will resume flights from it’s 80 destinations, including Tel Aviv, starting July 1st.
Germany’s flag carrier announced that, as early as June, they will begin operating six weekly flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Tel Aviv.
Delta announced that it will resume regular flights between New York and Israel from the beginning of June. Face masks will be mandatory for all passengers and staff, and flights will operate at 50-60% capacity to provide adequate distancing. The flights will operate on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
Austrian Airlines will resume flights between Vienna and Tel Aviv from June 15th. The route will operate each Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Brussels Airlines will resume flights between Brussels and Tel Aviv from mid-June, with flights available every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.