Israeli Airline To Restore Pre-Pandemic Pilot Salaries in 2023 to Counter Flight Cancellations

16th Jul 2022

El Al, Israel’s flag carrier, has reached an agreement with its pilots to restore pre-pandemic pilot salaries beginning next year. Multiple flight cancellations have been recorded in the airline with causes relating to the salary dispute. Pilots pay were reduced to 31% in 2020, with a 38% cut for per diem allowances. The agreement will run until end of 2025.

“Israeli airline pilots, including El Al pilots, significantly reduced their salaries so the airlines could survive. Today, with the aviation industry recovering, it is time to return to the previous situation,” said Avi Edri, head of Histadrut.

“With the signing of the agreement, we are looking forward to all parts of El Al joining forces to cope together with the difficulties and global competition in the airline and tourism industry. Even though compared with international airlines, El Al has a very low rate of flight cancelations, we still always strive to reduce to a minimum the volume of cancelations,” said El Al CEO Dina Ben Tal Ganancia.

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