Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Damaging Israel's Tourist Industry

Is this not the sort of article that makes you want to bang your head against the wall at the sheer stupidity involved?

20,000 tourists from Northern Europe are prevented from visiting Israel because there are not enough flights. Hotel rooms are available for these people who wish to spend their cash and do business here. Estimated loss to the economy - $30 million per year. I haven't seen it on the web or print media but the radio this morning carried a story that 6,000 Americans could not come to Israel for Pesach due to a lack of flights. Estimated loss to the economy - $50 million.

The Civil Aviation Authority and Transportation Ministry are not allowing other airlines additional flights into Ben Gurion
"as a protective measure for the local airlines which it said were not strong enough to handle the increase in competition"
Now I'm a big believer in supporting El Al but if it is not providing a service, what exactly is being competed with here? If 20,000 people want to come and El Al and Austrian between them have a capacity of 40,000 that's competition. If however, 20,000 people want to come - and El Al does not have the capacity / ability / desire to bring any of them - why on earth not let someone else do so? It's not protection from competition (G-d forbid El Al should get a kick up the arse to cut costs); Austrian Airlines, if granted permission to put on extra flights will simply be providing a service to customers who can't get here otherwise - and if demand drops - the CAA can simply cut the number of flights again.

Our Tourism Industry has suffered so much over the past 4 1/2 years - why should our own authorities not give it a little assistance for once?

File under "stupid, stupid, stupid"



Trollmama said...

That is the kind of thing (the article, not your post ;-)) that just makes my blood boil.

This country is farkakter, and is run by meshuggenners. (Curses in Yiddish because I don't want to swear on your nice, clean blog.)

Maria said...

Yeah that's absurd, and very sad. Where EL AL is concerned though, the only thing that could make me fly EL AL would be if it were the only airline left flying to Israel, since they love to make my life a living hell. They're a bit of a "FUBU" airline imho = for us by us. They really do have themselves to blame for my feelings towards them!

Nushyman said...

I think the most shocking thing here is that all that money was spent on the new airport so that it could handle more incoming and outgoign traffic. How many gates aren't being used at the moment? How many potential new jobs could be created, WHAT WAS THE POINT!

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