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Published on Sunday, February 10, 2019

Virgin Atlantic to launch Tel Aviv flights







Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of daily flights between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv later this year.

The first flight will be on September 25.

It will take five hours and will operate on Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The airline's CEO Shai Weiss said: "2019 marks the start of a new phase of growth for Virgin Atlantic as we work to achieve our ambition to become the most loved travel company.

"Tel Aviv represents a fantastic opportunity for us. Israel's economy is booming and as one of the world's leading tech hubs we're anticipating many business travellers and entrepreneurs flying between Tel Aviv and the UK.

"We also see a significant opportunity to increase competition in the US-Tel Aviv market, using the strength of our transatlantic joint venture with Delta to offer customers from Tel Aviv a wide range of US destinations connecting through London Heathrow including New York and San Francisco."

Israel's Tourism Minister Yariv Levin added: "The entry of one of the world's leading airlines into Israel is another expression of confidence in the Israel tourism product.

"The revolution that we have implemented in the Ministry of Tourism in recent years is bearing fruit with record-breaking numbers of incoming tourism to Israel. The new flights will be integrated with the marketing campaign in Europe, which highlights Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. I am convinced that, with the entry of Virgin Atlantic into Israel, we will see continued growth in incoming tourism from the UK."
 

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