12 NOVEMBER 2018
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In a big news week for Manchester Airport (see also Manchester – Mumbai £400m boost in this issue), El Al Israel Airlines said it will launch a new direct flight between the Northern hub and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion from 26 May next year.
The announcement was made at World Travel Market by El Al vice-president commercial and industry affairs Michael Strassburger. The three-a-week service will be operated by Boeing B737-800 offering Business Class and Economy Class.
Strassburger said the move was part of El Al’s plan for a significant expansion of its roster of destinations in Europe in 2019, with direct flights between Tel Aviv and Lisbon and Nice already announced.
“We are delighted to announce another new route,” he added. “Manchester has a large Jewish community and is a centre of business as well as tourism. It is good news not only for Israelis; we also anticipate carrying thousands of business passengers to Israel.”
Manchester Airport aviation director Julian Carr added: “We are delighted to welcome El Al to Manchester offering the 22m passengers in our vast catchment area more choice and accessibility to this part of the world.”
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