EL AL Prepares to Change Cargo Area, Misaskim Hurries to Accommodate Changes

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levayah. Synonymous with loss and tragedy. It’s always a difficult thing. But when taking place in airports, confusion and disorder often compound the picture.

This Motzoei Shabbos, June 16, El Al Airlines is instituting a change that could potentially create a hassle for bereaved families. True to form, Misaskim is already on the case, meeting with officials to discuss the best possible plan of action, so that things can continue to run smoothly. This change will not affect EL AL’s long-standing policy that it will only accept an aron from JFK; the airline policy is not to take an aron from Newark Airport at any time.

The airline will be switching its Kennedy Airport cargo area from Cargo Building B23, where it is currently located, to Cargo Area D, Building 75. Until now, drivers would take the Nassau Expressway, Route 878, and get off at the Kennedy Airport exit. With the new change in place, however, drivers must continue down Route 878 until Exit 3, North Hanger Road, and follow the signs to Building D75.

The new El Al Cargo Building, located at 75 North Hanger Road, has two parking lots. The first provides parking for trucks, so drivers can get confused, but that is the one to enter. The second is a secure area with barred entry. Upon entering the truck parking lot, drivers should continue around to the back of the building. There, they will find a ramp at Bay 38, located all the way at the end of the building. This is the new El Al cargo area. Please take note that this building is shared with other airlines as well.

Parking will be much more limited in the new facility than it is at the current location, so Misaskim is exploring what can be done. Currently, meetings are in the works between Misaskim and the Port Authority Police Department, as well as Port Authority Management, in order to discuss crowd accommodations.

By Leeba Leichtman – Matzav.com

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