A leading-Israeli telecommunication company decided to send its employees and family members on a vacation to Crete, Greece. The plan was to have 300 patrons arrive for 3-days, to be repeated in 10 cycles over a 5-week period, equaling, in total, 3,000 guests. The elite resort that was chosen for this summer vacation was “Out of the Blue Capsis", located 35 kilometers from Crete's Heraklion Airport. During their time in Crete, the guests would be treated to relaxation time at the resort as well as the opportunity to tour Crete, including its shopping centers and ancient historical sites. To logistically support such a massive international operation, forty incoming and outgoing chartered flights as well as 120 buses in-transit were utilized.
Subsequently, given the company, along with its employees, is Israeli as with the corresponding employees, it was subjected to a greater threat-level given the ongoing turbulence in the Middle East. Moreover, the risk was further elevated given the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, leading to the risk of strikes, including at the airports, subsequent large-scale demonstrations against the European Union's (EU) ultimatum and depletion of money in ATMs.