WATCH: Recent El Al Flights Fly With Only 30 People On Entire Flight


In the attached video, there are two clips. They are from two recent flights that were literally empty.

The first clip was on an Israel to London flight. The man taking the video says there were less than 30 passengers on the flight.

Meanwhile, in other El Al news, the airline has announced that they are changing their Thursday LY002 flight from 6:30PM to 6:00PM.

This new time will ensure that the flight arrives in Tel Aviv earlier on Friday (at around 11:10AM), decreasing the chances of another “Shabbos Flight” fiasco.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. And the news story here is???? Just about every commercial airline will sometimes have flights that are near-empty based on time, season etc. Some flights are purposely scheduled knowing that there will be little demand, simply because the aircraft needs to be positioned for another flight. As a factual matter, El Al’s most recent reports show its load factor (percentage of revenue seats booked relative to total capacity) has increased slightly in the past few years so clearly this is not a chronic issue. As we have read here frequently, El Al operates with constraints that no other airline in the world must adhere to. That is no excuse for their sometimes cold and aloof service but given the choice, I will (and do) fly El Al whenever I have the option. Their business class service in particular has improved significantly in recent years as evidenced by the nearly full front cabins on most of the flights I have been on recently.

  2. So I guess the chareidi “parazitim” (as we are called in Israel) are taking matters into their own hands and choosing other airlines? Wow. Its about time some people are mature enough to make decisions and try other options beyond their tiny comfort zone. But I doubt El Al will ever learn a lesson, as they are an Israeli company, and Israelis are, well, lets not crawl into a subject which I dont know the way out of it.

  3. I don’t doubt the veracity of the 30 passenger london flight. There are so many cheap competitors – it’s really hard to compete and why pay the extra money for short hop to europe.. I flew el al about a week before chanukah from tlv to miami and about 2 weeks later from boston to tlv. Both flights were totally full and service was very good.

  4. If there were people on the flight, then it was not “literally” empty. It was either NEARLY empty or FIGURATIVELY empty. Look up the word literally so you can use it properly please.

  5. This means absolutely nothing! I’ve taken the London ElAl flight to London about 40 times in the last 30 years. Some flights are just empty. 90% of ELAL passengers travelling to London are usually irreligeous. If you think the irreligous are making a boycot on ElAl and that’s why the flight was empty you’re seriously mistaken….

  6. The change to 6.00pm while welcome will not make it any more justifiable for any Heimsishe yid who cares about Shabbos to fly on that plane.

    The last flight should be in the morning.

  7. Mommy 10….are you joking or simply unaware of all the constraints El Al must adhere to including, inter alia, restrictions on when they can fly, substantially higher security costs for screening passengers/cargo, higher aircraft costs due to special equipment, lost revenue from carrying security personnel onboard, higher meal costs due to kashrut concerns, higher labor costs due to legacy labor agreements, more “wasted” time boarding due to passenger reseating, etc. etc.
    Other than the foregoing considerations, no reasons why they have higher prices than newer market entrants.

  8. AfterEight.

    From Merriam-Webster dictionary:
    Definition of literally
    1 : in a literal sense or manner: such as
    a : in a way that uses the ordinary or primary meaning of a term or expression
    He took the remark literally.
    a word that can be used both literally and figuratively
    b —used to emphasize the truth and accuracy of a statement or description
    The party was attended by literally hundreds of people.
    c : with exact equivalence : with the meaning of each individual word given exactly
    The term “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French.
    d : in a completely accurate way
    a story that is basically true even if not literally true
    2 : in effect : VIRTUALLY —used in an exaggerated way to emphasize a statement or description that is not literally true or possible
    will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice
    — Norman Cousins

    #2 meets YWN’s usage. Before you criticize, learn English!!

  9. It’s a great airline and solely committed to safety, security and service. The service is not American style but it’s good and there’s nothing to it! I fly only ELAL unless a great deal from a competitor comes my way!

  10. I think enough talking nonsense ( boycott ) etc… we are lucky that we have a EL AL to fly on ! And stop saying religious or nonreligious people flying on it we all one !!!!JEWS !!!! ‏כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה…
    That’s my opinion …

  11. nothing like an empty wide body jet. flew to ey with british airways, via brussels , the brussels to tlv leg had several dozen passengers, each member of my family had an entire row to lay down in (as did most passengers on the plane). once flew jfk to dc on a flight where it was me and one other passenger. it was a twin prop plane that seated no more than 20 people, were more crew, than passengers.