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September 17, 2012

El Al Wants to End Cairo Flights From Israel

El Al Boeing 747-400 (4X-ELD) departing JFK's Runway 22R enroute to Tel Aviv. (Photo by Mario Craig)
El Al Boeing 747-400 (4X-ELD) departing JFK's Runway 22R enroute to Tel Aviv. (Photo by Mario Craig)
Israel’s national airline El Al is seeking an immediate end to its once-weekly Tel Aviv-Cairo flights, despite the service being mandated by an Israel-Egypt peace treaty. “Operating the flight route to Cairo and maintaining the necessary infrastructure for that requires a large amount of security and operational resources, and heavy economic expenditure which amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually,” wrote El Al CEO Eliezer Shakedi in a letter to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “Without any commercial justification and in light of the high economic cost of operating this line, El Al cannot continue to bear these heavy expenses, and therefore is intending to stop operating the route to Cairo immediately.” [France24]