Anxiety at El Al Over Delta's Planned New York Route

There is some concern within El Al over potential loss of revenue from the company's central route to New York, as a result of competition from Delta Airlines, TheMarker has learned.

Delta seeks to independently operate a daily flight between New York and Israel, and thus start competing with El Al - currently its code-sharing partner for this route.

According to the existing agreement, each company allocates 100 seats to the other airline's customers on their respective New York-Tel Aviv and Atlanta-Tel Aviv flights.

Tourism Ministry director general Nahum Itzkovitz met with senior officials at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta recently, and learned that the airline was very satisfied with its existing route from that city, which was established in May of 2006, and wished to commence service from New York in early 2008.

Such a move would add 90,000 flight seats annually on the New York-Tel Aviv route.