MiamiHerald / Israeli airline El Al’s nine-year Miami hiatus is over.

El Al launched non-stop service between Tel Aviv and Miami Wednesday, marking the airline’s return since it canceled service at MIA in September 2008. Then, an economic crisis drove up fuel costs and rates, forcing the airline to stop serving Miami, said Yoram Elgrabli, El Al’s managing director for North and Central America.

But now, the airline is ready to return to North America, Elgrabli said. Thanks to a long courtship from Miami International Airport, the airline selected Miami as its sixth route into North America. The carrier also serves New York (to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport), Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto.

This is a day we’ve been working on for literally years.

Aviation Director Emilio González


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