SWC: Air Berlin Flies Not to “Israel”, Nor to “Tel Aviv”, But to “Ben Gurion”

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In a letter to Air Berlin CEO, Stefan Pichler, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, “One of our members recently flew Air Berlin and captured a screenshot of your flight map.”

The letter described the map as “a mixture of countries and cities in German:

• Ireland, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait…

• London, Kiev, Tblisi, Oslo, Thessaloniki, Tehran, Salzburg, Algiers, Antalya...

Air Berlin headquarters appear as Tegel Airport.”

The Centre pointed out that “only one destination is identified as neither the country - ‘Israel’, nor the city of - ‘Tel Aviv’, but as the airport ‘Ben Gurion’.”

“We would appreciate a speedy correction and an explanation,” concluded Samuels.

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