Officials from Miami-Dade County, the Israeli Consulate in Miami, and El Al took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the airline’s non-stop Tel Aviv-Miami service. Wielding the giant scissors were (front row): Miami-Dade County commissioners Rebeca Sosa and Sally A. Heyman; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Esteban L. Bovo, Jr; (back row) Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González; Consul General of Israel in Miami Lior Haiat; Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv Yisrael Meir Lau; President & CEO of El Al David Maimon; and Vice Chairperson of the Board of El Al Tamar Borovitz.
- El Al has resumed flights to Miami (MIA), a sector it last served in August 2008 with a four times weekly 767-200 operation. Launched on 1 November, the route from Tel Aviv (TLV) is the only non-stop connection between Florida and Israel. “We are thrilled to welcome El Al back to our community, and to be the only destination in Florida and in the southeast US with non-stop service to Tel Aviv,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County and MIA continue to attract new air service by the world’s top airlines, and from the world’s most influential cities.” The carrier will operate three times weekly with its 279-seat 777-200s. Miami becomes the airline’s fifth route in the US and the sector faces no direct competition.