Israel to send flights to take home Israelis stranded in Europe

08:18, April 20, 2010      

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Israeli Transport Ministry on Monday ordered Israeli airlines to send planes to bring home thousands of Israelis grounded in Europe due to the aviation crisis caused by ash clouds from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, reported local news service Ynet.

After an emergency meeting on the issue, Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz asked Israeli airlines to do everything they can to retrieve Israeli passengers stranded in Europe, said the report.

Meanwhile, Israel's Civil Aviation Authority would temporarily allow all Israeli airlines to fly to any destination in Europe from where flights to Israel are allowed.

The ministry is also considering other methods, including using ships, to take the Israelis home.

Since the crisis began last Thursday, when a lingering ash cloud spewed from an Iceland volcano paralyzed air travel across Europe, 300 flights to and from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport have been cancelled. About 48,000 passengers travelling between Israel and Europe have been stranded so far.



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