Israel - American Airlines Drops Flights To Israel; Sources Say Ties To Arab Carriers Cause Of Cancellation
Israel - American Airlines cited financial losses in announcing that the airline will be permanently shutting down its flights to Israel come January, but industry insiders say that the real reason for the cancellation is American’s ties to Arab carriers in the One World global alliance.
HAARETZ.com (http://bit.ly/1hCtjWN) reports that according to Israel Airport Authority data some 95,000 passengers have flow American’s Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route so far this year, a 2.7% increase from 2014, but an American Airlines rep told Bloomberg News last week that the route has “never been profitable” while citing a $20M loss last year as the reason for the cancellation.
But industry sources rejected the claim, stating that that it’s American’s deep ties to One World—-an alliance which includes Qatar Airlines, Royal Jordanian, and the predominantly Muslim-run Malaysia Airlines—-that is behind the move.
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