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El Al Israel Airlines

About El Al Israel Airlines

El Al Israel Airlines was founded in 1948 and operates from its main headquarters, situated at Ben Gurion Airport in the Central District of Israel. The airline has a fleet of 46 aircraft that fly to over 50 destinations all around the world and is the only airline where a missile defense system is fitted on all planes. It has codeshare agreements with a number of airlines including Air China, Thai Airways, Iberia, American Airlines and JetBlue. It is also the owner of the airline Sun d'Or, which is also based in Israel. Sun d'Or mainly flies to destinations within Europe.

El Al Israel Airlines flies to a wide range of locations around the world including the American destinations of Los Angeles, Miami and New York City. It also flies to the British destinations of London Luton Airport and London Heathrow Airport as well as the French destinations of Marseilles and Paris and German destinations, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Online check-in

Online check-in is possible on El Al flights from 24 hours up until 3 hours prior to the departure of the flight. During the online check-in process, passengers are able to choose the seat they would like to sit in plus decide on other options such as food preferences and/or a seat upgrade. Passengers can also choose to have their boarding pass emailed to them or to print it off right away. Alternatively, passengers can save their boarding pass on a mobile device. By checking in online, passengers can avoid long queues at the airport on the date of departure.

Hand luggage allowance

The amount of hand luggage allowed on an El Al flight depends on the type of ticket that has been purchased. All passengers are allowed to take 1 piece of hand baggage with them as long as it does not weigh more than 8 kg. Business Class passengers are allowed to take luggage weighing up to 20 kg whist First Class passengers can take up to 24 kg. No single piece can be heavier than 16 kg or be larger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm, including handles, wheels or other protrusions. Liquids are allowed as long as the individual containers are no larger than 100 ml.

Checked baggage allowance

The amount of checked baggage passengers are allowed to take with them on El Al flights is dependent on the type of ticket they have purchased. Economy Class and Economy Plus ticket holders can take 1 piece of luggage weighing up to 23 kg whilst Business Class ticket holders are allowed 2 pieces weighing up to 32 kg each. First Class passengers can take 3 pieces of luggage each weighing up to 32 kg while Infants can take 1 piece of luggage weighing up to 10 kg. The sum of the checked baggage dimensions may not exceed 158 cm. Luggage that is deemed larger than the stipulated size and weight limitations will incur a fee.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: El Al Israel Airlines
  • IATA code: LY
  • Year Founded: 1948
  • Headquarters: Ben Gurion Airport, Israel
  • Website:

Latest customer reviews on El Al Israel Airlines flights

4.0 /5
Total reviews based on: 14
Tel Aviv
Ben-Gurion International - Novo Alexeyevka ( TLV - TBS )
5.0 /5
Date 2018-04-12 Location Israel Age 51-70 Class Economy

Flight was on time and comfortable.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Tel Aviv
Ben-Gurion International - Makedonia Apt ( TLV - SKG )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-06-18 Location Israel Age 31-50 Class Economy

Turn on the A/C when the plane is on the ground

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Tel Aviv
Ben-Gurion International - Adolfo Suárez Madrid - Barajas ( TLV - MAD )
4.0 /5
Date 2018-04-18 Location israel Age 51-70 Class Economy

the price was put in dollars the fee was demanded in pounds and the payment was in dollars an additional payment due to the change in currencies

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Tel Aviv
Ben-Gurion International - OR Tambo International Airport ( TLV - JNB )
3.0 /5
Date 2019-03-05 Location Israel Age 51-70 Class Economy

Why no white wine. Every time I travel on el al they only have red wine which is very annoying.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Tel Aviv
Adolfo Suárez Madrid - Barajas - Ben-Gurion International ( MAD - TLV )
1.0 /5
What do you mean?
Date 2018-03-06 Location Madrid Age 31-50 Class Economy

I missed my flight along with three travellers from America because EL Al made no effort to inform us that we had to do an extra security check. They claimed to have told us and even called our names at the airport and that it was written on the ticket. None of this is true on the second flight I took with them there were no announcements and no attempt was made to notify other passengers. They also lied to us about how to try to get a transfer with Iberia purely in order to get us away from their desk so they could pack uyp and run away. I will never fly El Al again. The people whoe work there are genuinely dishonest people.

1.0 /5
1 reviews

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