easyJet to fly Manchester–Tel Aviv route

easyJet is to launch a year-round service to Tel Aviv from Manchester in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the inaugural flight taking off on 1 November.

The airline says that its twice-weekly service will provide passengers in the region “with flexible and affordable access to Tel Aviv, as well as making it easier for Israeli passengers to travel to the North West of England”.

“We’re excited to be expanding our Manchester operation by launching easyJet’s first route to Tel Aviv from the North West of England. 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,” remarked Ali Gayward, easyJet UK commercial manager. “The service will offer great opportunities for both British and Israeli travellers wishing to travel between two of the world’s great cities.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer for the Manchester Airports Group, noted, “easyJet continues to grow here at Manchester and that is something we aim to support as they continue their growth plans across Europe. 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.”

easyJet launched its first route to Tel Aviv from London Luton Airport in 2009. The service has proved to be a huge success, with 270,000 passengers travelling on the route since its launch, and the frequency of the route has recently been increased as a result – operating nine times a week at peak times.

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