Israelis stuck in Turkey
Israelis who found themselves in Turkey when the FAA ban on flying to Israel was announced are stuck. Turkish Airlines is not flying to Israel before July 31, and the Turkish authorities refuse to let El Al in
Israelis yelled at Turks in Ataturk airport today, after the US
Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Tel Aviv,
and Turkish Airlines responded by extending its ban until July 31.
nearly four thousand stranded Israelis on outbound flights has been a
challenge, no doubt aggravated by the fact that Turkey will not let El
Al, Israel's national airline, land at its airports to airlift out its
One religious Israeli woman, on her third visit to the massive
Turkish hub, said she was prepared to bear the wrath of her family and
break Shabbat if she could just get a flight home on Saturday morning.
But those flights, too, were cancelled, as nearly all European airlines followed the Americans in lifting the ban.
Israeli man complained, quite loudly, that the airline was suggesting
he spend hundreds of dollars to reroute through Amman. Yet another said
she was prepared to travel by boat before remaining in Constantinople
Turkish Airlines offered passengers one night free in a four star
hotel, within the city limits here in Istanbul, including food and
transportation to and from the airport.
But with days more on the
ground, Israelis - and foreign nationals planning travel to Israel -
will accrue steep costs to extend their stays.
For those of you who thought you were saving money by flying Turkish, maybe you want to reconsider next trip?
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