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Virgin Atlantic launches London Heathrow - Tel Aviv service

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be launching flights between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv, Israel with the first flight taking off on September 25.

Flying daily between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, the five-hour flight will operate on an Airbus A330-300 aircraft. It will comprise Upper Class, Premium and Economy Light, Classic and Delight offering.

The airline also offers cargo capacity on each flight. This cargo service will offer new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as fresh produce and high tech products between Israel and prime markets in the UK and US.

Shai Weiss, CEO of the airline, 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 trans-Atlantic 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.

“I’m also thrilled to introduce this new destination to our leisure customers and I know it’s somewhere they’ll love to visit. Renowned for its cultural sites and with UNESCO recognised architecture, Tel Aviv also boasts beautiful beaches, a buzzing artistic and nightlife scene, incredible food and is a great base to explore the tourist destinations of the region including the iconic historical city of Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea”.

Yariv Levin, tourism minister of Israel, commented: “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.”

Flights to Tel Aviv are on sale from February 25. Visit www.virginatlantic.com to find out more.


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