AIRLINES: Which Way to Jerusalem?

"El Al has the Jews. We have the Moslems. Now we're going to fight El Al for the Christian trade." So says Aly Ghandour, managing director of the five-plane Royal Jordanian Airlines. With a new twist on an ancient feud, the Amman-based, government-owned line is challenging its larger Israeli counterpart for what Ghandour calls "the Bible traffic"—Westerners traveling in tour groups to Jerusalem.

Since 1971, Israeli border officials have allowed foreign tour groups from Amman to cross the Jordan River to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which contains most of the sites mentioned in the Bible. Many of the tourists are...

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