easyJet jets off to Tel Aviv
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-04-18
Budget airline easyJet has announced that it will be launching a service from Tel Aviv to Manchester as of November this year.
The twice-weekly service, which will take to the skies for the first time on November 1, will offer the Jewish community and others in the region easy access to Tel Aviv, as well as making it easier for Israeli citizens to fly to the North West of England.
Tickets for the new route, which start at Â£82.99 (one way including taxes) will go on sale from April 19.
"We're excited to be expanding our Manchester operation by launching easyJet's first route to Tel Aviv from the North West of England," said the airline's commercial manager Ali Gayward.
"There is a very strong cultural link between the North West of England and Tel Aviv, with a large Jewish community in Manchester and the surrounding areas, and we hope this direct route will demonstrate our commitment to providing low cost flight options for popular routes."
"The service will offer great opportunities for both British and Israeli travellers wishing to travel between two of the world's great cities," Gayward added.
"easyJet continues to grow here at Manchester and that is something we aim to support as they continue their growth plans across Europe," said Ken O'Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for the Manchester Airports Group.
"Tel Aviv is a popular destination that's increasing in prominence and we know that it's very popular for passengers returning to the North West and seeing friends and family in Israel."
The new service follows on from easyJet's Luton-Tel Aviv route which has proven hugely successful since it was launched in 2009.
Around 270,000 passengers have so far flown on the route, which now flies to Tel Aviv nine times a week.
The airline will follow in the footsteps of rival budget airling Jet2, which also flies to the Israeli city from Manchester.