Ultra Long-Haul Reality Check: Could Perth become Australian entry port for El Al?AirlineRatings.com

Linus Benjamin Bauer

According to a new report from Linus Benjamin Bauer, Managing Consultant at Bauer Aviation Advisory, Perth could become the Australian entry port for the Israeli carrier El Al.

In December ’19, EL AL Israel Airlines announced the intention to test the viability of the ultra-long-haul route between Tel Aviv and Melbourne with several trial flights on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft (March – May ’20). However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, those plans have been put on hold until further notice.

Now Israel wants to introduce direct flights to Melbourne and waive quarantine requirements for travellers by December ’20, as countries that have so far successfully contained COVID-19 jostle to be the next destination added to the currently establishing Australia-New Zealand air travel bubble.

From airspace bans/restrictions imposed by Arab countries to its ‘self-imposed’ Shabbat restrictions and its entire point-to-point network, the national carrier of Israel would face a unique set of challenges if they intend to operate ultra-long haul flights from Tel Aviv to Australia’s East Coast in the post COVID-19 era.

In collaboration with Daniel Bloch, the article below aims to shed light on El Al’s future ultra long-haul plans and why Perth could be considered as a more viable, alternative gateway for the Israeli carrier to break into the Israel-Australia market for business, VFR and leisure travellers.

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