Expatriates choosing to return to Israel this Independence Day will receive significant discounts on their tickets, if they purchase them on El Al Airlines.
Prior to the State of Israel's 61st birthday, to be celebrated on April 29th, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry and El Al came to a deal as part of the ministry's 'Coming Home at 60' initiative, which was launched last year.
Israelis returning from Europe will be able to purchase at ticket for $150 (not including tax) and those returning from North America will be able to purchase tickets for $300 (not including tax).
In order to take advantage of the deal, would-be buyers must come equipped with an authorization from the Immigration Absorption Ministry of their status as returning citizens.
"Israel's 60th birthday constituted a revolutionary year in terms of the number of Israelis coming home," said Immigrant Absorption Ministry Director-General Erez Halfon.
"I estimate that, pursuant to the great efforts and resources that the ministry is investing in Israeli citizens (abroad), many more families wanting to raise their children in Israel will return," he said.
Director-General of El Al Airlines Haim Romano said, "Since its inception, El Al's activities have been intertwined with events that are important to Israelis and Jews. Today, El Al continues to be a national leader in... bringing Jews and Israelis home from all over the world."