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Arkia Israeli Airlines, often known as Arkia, is an Israeli airline with its main hub at Ben Gurion Airport Israel. The airline flies to over 40 destinations across Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Arkia operates some flights on a regular basis. However, the majority of its flights are flown on a seasonal basis.

The carrier was founded in 1949 under the name Israel Inland Airlines and initially flew routes from Tel Aviv to different regions within Israel. In the 1950s, the airline rebranded and renamed itself Arkia Israel Airlines, which is what it's known as today.

Today, Arkia is Israel's second-largest airline. In 2022 it was announced that flag carrier El Al had signed an agreement to acquire and merge with the airline.

Baggage Policy

When flying with Arkia Israeli Airlines, you're allowed to bring a piece of carry-on baggage free of charge.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 7 kg. This baggage must not exceed 20 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm. Passengers must ensure that the carry-on baggage does not contain any prohibited items or it may be confiscated by airport security.

Checked Baggage

Excluding Arkia's basic fare, which doesn't give a free baggage allowance, the free baggage allowance for Arkia domestic flights is 23 kg per person. On international flights, baggage allowance depends on the type of fare that passengers purchased. If the fare includes checked baggage, the free weight allowance would be 23kg.

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Cabin Classes

Arkia Israeli Airlines offers two cabin classes - Economy Class and Business Class.

Economy Class

In Economy Class, you are served complimentary refreshments, snacks and a hot and cold beverage, however, this may depend on the duration and ticket class. Seats and armrests are both reclinable for extra comfort onboard. Stay entertained with Arkia's in-flight magazine. In-flight entertainment including Wifi and seats with built-in USB ports are available in the Airbus A321LR fleet. These facilities haven't been installed on the smaller E195 aircraft.

Business Class

Business Class passengers will enjoy front row priority seating, a light meal, soft drinks, wine and a daily newspaper offered on selected flights. Passengers in this cabin can enjoy leather, reclinable seats with USB charging points on the A321LR and Wifi facilities.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

Arkia has installed Wifi facilities onboard some of its aircraft. On the airline's newer A321LR aircraft, Wifi is available for passengers to stream inflight entertainment. However, on the airline's smaller E195 aircraft Wifi and inflight entertainment isn't available. However, passengers might be given a copy of the airline's in-flight magazine, subject to availability. We always recommend bringing your own entertainment to keep you occupied throughout your flight

Food & Drink

Passengers are given a complimentary meal on long-haul flights, however, this may also depend on the fare type booked. If your ticket type includes a meal then complimentary drinks, snacks and other refreshments will be served. On short-haul flights, or for passengers with a ticket type which doesn't include complimentary drinks and snacks then you will be able to buy onboard from the airline's bistro service.

All food served on Arkia flights is Kosher. If passengers require a special meal, they must request it at least 48 hours in advance.


Arkia Israeli Airlines lets you check-in online on certain routes, however, if you're unable to check-in online you can check in for your flight at the airport.

Online Check-in

Arkia Israel Airlines offers online check-in facilities, however, this is only available on flights departing from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. If your flight is not departing from this airport then you will need to check-in at the airport as normal. Online check-in opens for domestic flights 48hr in advance and closes 3hr prior to departure, for international services the airline opens this facility 24hr prior to departure and closes it 3hr before departure. If you check-in online you must arrive at the airport with your boarding pass either printed or on your mobile device.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in can be completed by visiting one of the airline check-in desks at the airport. Although it may differ depending on the airport, airport check-in opens 3 hours before the scheduled flight departure time on international flights and two hours before on domestic flights.

Failure to check-in before the airline check-in deadline may result in a loss of fare and the airline has the rights to refuse the passenger to board.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Arkia doesn't have a frequent flyer program that rewards its regular passengers for flying with them.

Airline Alliance

Arkia Israel Airlines isn't a member of any airline alliance at this time.

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Destinations that Arkia Israeli Airlines flies to

Arkia Israeli Airlines flies to a couple of destinations within Israel and a number of international destinatios. Click below to see all the cities and airports that it flies to.

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Hub Airport

Ben Gurion Airport

Ben Gurion Airport is the largest airport of Israel and is the hub airport for Arkia Israel Airlines. It two terminals, three runways and has handled more than 20 million passengers each year since 2017.

Other than Arkia, Ben Gurion Airport is the hub for El Al, Israir Airlines and Sun D'Or. Other airlines that fly to and from this airport include Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Canada, Air Europa, Ethiopian Airlines, Israir Airlines, Korean Air, Ukraine International Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Wizz Air and many others.


Arkia has a fleet that consists of Airbus and Embraer aircraft. Currently the airline operates a fleet of Airbus A321LR aircraft on its longer routes with a fleet of narrow-body Embraer 195 aircraft used for shorter or lower demand services. The airline has also ordered a fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft to be delivered in the coming years.


February 2022

El Al Israeli Airlines signs memorandum to acquire and merge with Arkia Israeli Airlines, with Arkia shareholders receiving a 10-15% stake in El Al