British airline easyJet has begun operating two weekly flights between Manchester and Tel Aviv every Monday and Thursday.
Starting fares for the Manchester-Tel Aviv route are €39.99 (TLV-MAN) and €104.90 (MAN-TLV) one-way, all taxes included.
easyJet was the first low-fare airline to enter the Israeli market. Since November 2009, when the airline introduced its first operation between London’s Luton and Tel Aviv, the company faces high demand from customers for its service.
Until now, easyJet has carried Over 590,000 passengers on flights to and from Israel.
easyJet operates services from Tel Aviv to London, Manchester, Geneva and Basel.
The company expressed its intention to operate flights from Tel Aviv to additional destinations in Europe mainland, although this depends on implementation of the “open sky” agreement, which was recently signed between the government of Israel and the European Union.
Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, said: "We’re now celebrating easyJet’s first flight between Tel Aviv and Manchester. Both are great and exciting cities with an amazing offer in business, culture, sports, night life and education. I’m sure that our flights will make the connection between the cities more convenient and affordable for people at both ends.
"easyJet, a long term committed partner of Israel,
has expressed its desire to expand services to Israel from other destinations across Europe. We’re confident that this move could result in bringing more tourists to Israel and give more choice to Israeli consumers who choose easyJet for its best and affordable service."