TEL AVIV (Aug. 14)
The airlift of U.S. military forces to the Persian Gulf may affect the availability of seats for air passengers to Israel, but prices for those seats are not currently likely to rise.
The U.S. Defense Department has engaged the use of dozens of civilian aircraft to transport military personnel to Saudi Arabia, Ma’ariv reported last Friday.
This includes the use of two 747s belonging to Tower Air, a private airline which usually provides charter service from New York to Te Aviv.
But El Al, Israel’s national airline, which operates regularly scheduled services from New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago and Los Angles has announced that it is holding the line on air fares, despite the soaring price of oil due to the Persian Gulf crisis.
El Al said last Friday that it “does not see the need to increase air fares while oil prices and still stabilizing.”