El Al and Qantas codeshare routes

August 17, 2017 by  
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El Al and Qantas  have announced their codeshare agreement at the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce tourism lunch.

Michelle Blum, CEO, The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce; H.E. Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, The Israeli Ambassador; Mr. Melvyn Almedia, Managing Director, Airline Marketing Australia (EL AL GSA); Mr. Rohan Garnett, Executive Manager, GIIA, Qantas

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, said: ‘We’re very excited about it because of the fact that there’s a direct correlation between aviation capacity and visitation.  It’s exciting news because there’s such a good connection between the two countries.  They’re the type of visitors we want coming to Australia.’

Currently, Israeli tourists are a relatively small market for Australia, with only about 14,000 visitors to this country from Israel last year.  But that should change.  As panel moderator and Senior Lecturer in Tourism at UTS Business School, David Bierman said: ‘I know that the number of Israelis who travel is not only immense but I hear Hebrew spoken in places like Hanoi, Seoul, Bangkok, Chiangmai, wherever I go in Asia.  If they can get that far, it’s not too much further to get to Australia.’

Bierman also made the comment that, as the former Director of the Israeli government tourism office based in Australia, the El Al Qantas partnership was exactly the kind of thing that he had been active in trying to achieve because the easier it is to access a destination, the more likely people are to come and visit it.

Guesrs attending the event learned that Australian tourism is doing twice as well as the global average, and that tourism is both a facilitator and generator of business.  They were told that tourism is the third largest business in the world and that it is more than just about making money; it’s about building bridges between people.

In thanking the panelists, AICC NSW CEO, Michelle Blum, talked about the Chamber’s involvement in building those bridges: ‘Nationally, the Chamber has taken over 30 business delegations to Israel this year, and we are hosting Israeli businesses coming here looking for business partners every week.’

Customers of both airlines will be able to book on select flights operated by the other, as well as earn and redeem frequent flyer points.  The partnership focuses on linking Qantas’ flights between Australia and Asia to EL AL’s flights between Asia and Israel’s financial centre and technology hub, Tel Aviv.  It will also connect Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Johannesburg with EL AL’s services from Tel Aviv to the South African city.

Reciprocal lounge access will be available for eligible customers of both airlines in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong. Eligible customers will also be able to access lounges available to Qantas customers in Bangkok and Johannesburg.

It is planned that the codeshare flights will go on sale during the second half of the calendar year.


One Response to “El Al and Qantas codeshare routes”
  1. david fisher says:


    fabulous video of Julie Bishop Foreign Minister commenting on peace in the Middle East

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