Up (airline)

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Up Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded November 2013
Operating bases Ben Gurion Airport[1]
Fleet size 4
Destinations 6[2]
Key people Israel "Izzy" Borovich
Website flyup.com

Up (styled as UP) is a low-cost brand of Israeli airline El Al.[3]


On 26 November 2013, El Al unveiled its new low cost airline Up,[4][5] which commenced operations on 30 March 2014, initially to Berlin, Budapest, Kiev, Larnaca and Prague[5] using five Boeing 737-800s transferred from El Al fleet.[5]

Up was founded by its parent El Al to be used on some routes to Europe where it replaced El Al itself. All flights of Up are operated by El Al, using El Al's call sign and codes with a four digit number.[5] For flights over two hours the airline offers a buy on board service.[6]

In August 2014, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary foreshadowed the development of a Ryanair Israel, connecting Israel with cities across Europe. He said an inhibiting factor in the plan was Israeli authorities protectiveness of El Al from competition. The CEO of Up wishes to recreate the airline business world.[7]


Up serves the following destinations as of April 2017:[8]

Country City Airport Notes
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
Czech Republic Prague Prague Václav Havel Airport
Germany Berlin Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport Base
Ukraine Kiev Boryspil International Airport


An Up Boeing 737-800

Up fleet is composed of the following aircraft:[5]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Y+ Y Total
Boeing 737-800 4 36 144 180 operated by El Al
Total 4


  1. ^ "Low-cost airlines welcomed to Israel | News". Breaking Travel News. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  2. ^ Elis, Niv (2013-11-26). "El Al launches low-cost carrier 'Up' | JPost | Israel News". JPost. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Up. Retrieved on 23 April 2014. "Address: EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd. Customer Care Department POB 41 Ben-Gurion Airport, 7015001 ISRAEL"
  4. ^ "UP livery on a 737-800". Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Elis, Niv (2013-11-26). "El Al starting low cost airline". Jpost.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Menu" (Archive). Up. p. 5/5. Retrieved on 21 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Israeli market beckons Ryanair". Irish Sun.com. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "UP reservations page". Retrieved 2017-04-23. 

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