TEL AVIV (Aug. 2)
E1 A1 broke its own record Sunday in the number of flights flown and passengers carried in a 24-hour period.
The Israeli national airline flew 76 flights that day with some 18,500 passengers arriving at, and taking off from, Ben-Gurion International Airport.
The day’s flights included four jumbo jets to New York, with some 1,800 passengers, and two jumbos arriving from New York. There were also three flights to Paris, and two each to Marseille, France; Rome; London; Amsterdam; and Bucharest, Romania.
The increased passenger traffic is partly because many Israeli companies close for some or all of August, enabling workers to travel abroad.
E1 A1 expects to fly some 280,000 passengers in more than 1,300 flights during the month.
Another bonus for the airline is Tuesday’s wedding of the son of the Belzer rebbe, for which it has flown in more than 2,000 Belzer Hasidim.