The following provides a bit of an insight of the impact the four-hour Histadrut strike on Sunday morning had on the airports and seaports. The strike shut down the entire nation, a solidarity strike with over 3,000 Teva Pharmaceuticals employees facing dismissal.
8,800 passengers passed through during the night as some flights were moved up to avoid the strike. As a result of the strike, seven flights were canceled (14 take offs and seven landings) including Arkia to Larnaca, Aeroflot to Moscow, 4 flights from SwissAir and one flight from Turkish Airlines.
In an effort to avoid as many delays as possible, 13 takeoffs took place between 5:00am-6:00am. From 6:00am-7:00mam, an additional 27 takeoffs and from 7:00am-8:00am, an additional 26 takeoffs for a total of 66.
There were 12 landings from 5:00am-8:00am.
The airport will resume regular operations beginning at noon. That marks the resumption of passenger security check-ins. The first takeoff is scheduled for 2:30pm. From 12 noon until 6:00pm, there are 185 takeoffs and landings scheduled (98 landings and 87 takeoffs).
The Airports Authority urges all passengers to check with their airline as scheduling changes may occur.
Flights to and from Eilat and S’dei Dov resume at 11:30am. That means check in may by the same, a half hour before takeoff.
Uvda Airforce Airport
All flights were halted between 8:00am-12:00pm. There are a total of twelve takeoffs and landings scheduled for after the strike.
All crossings between Israel and Jordan were closed during the strike hours.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)