Wednesday, 20 August 2008
This week has started with news that two airlines wish to start flights to Tel Aviv in the next year.
Jet2 to Manchester and Leeds
First off was UK regional low-cost airline Jet2 who, rumours have it, wish to start flying to Tel Aviv from Manchester and Leeds/Bradford. Manchester got its first Tel Aviv last year with Thomsonfly, whilst Leeds/Bradford has never before had a Tel Aviv service. This news is fanstastic, giving those in northern England greater opportunities to travel to and discover Israel.
The length of flights from the UK to Tel Aviv (4 to 5 hours) makes Israel and Tel Aviv in particular a fantastic weekend getaway destination.
US Airways to Philadelphia
The second airline to announce new flights to Tel Aviv were veteran US airline, US Airways who have announced they will begin direct service from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv in July 2009.
Michelle Mohr, a spokeswoman for US Airways said "What's being cut is unprofitable flying in light of ultra high fuel costs. With Philadelphia-to-Tel Aviv we've known the demand is there. We've talked about adding this for quite some time."
This news is incredibly positive, at a time when airlines are cutting back, this signifies that Israel is definetely an up-and-coming cool destination.
Iberia increases capacity
Whilst we're talking about flight increases to Tel Aviv, Spanish airline Iberia announced this week that they too want to cash in on the added demand for Israel services by announcing plans to increase capacity by 13%.
More Italy flights on the way
Meanwhile, in Italy an agreement has been signed to allow more flights between the two countries this week.