El Al Reinstates Discounted Shipping Rates for War Effort Donations

By Aryeh Stern

Parked El Al airplanes at Ben Gurion Airport. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

El Al Airlines has announced the reinstatement of steeply discounted shipping rates for donations supporting the Israeli war effort, just days after initially planning to end the program. This decision comes in response to widespread public backlash sparked by reports from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).

Registered charities will once again be able to ship donation bags for $50, a significant discount from the regular $200 fee. However, individual passengers will not be eligible for the discounted rate. El Al conveyed this update to JTA, Israel’s Channel 12, and directly to the charities involved.

El Al, which recently reported record profits, has facilitated the shipment of tens of thousands of duffel bags filled with critical items for Israeli combat soldiers since the outbreak of the war on Oct. 7. These items include tactical boots, helmets, flashlights, rifle scopes, drones, and clothing. The airline had initially planned to cease the discount program, citing a decline in emergency needs and the high costs associated with shipping the bags.

Despite a slowdown in donations, the demand among soldiers remains high, according to recent reports. Volunteers organizing these shipments have emphasized the significant impact of the discounted rates.

El Al’s decision to reinstate the discount is a crucial support measure as the volume of donations has decreased.

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