Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Air India plans 3 weekly flights to Tel Aviv from May

Air India is set to operate direct flights between Delhi and Tel Aviv as early as May, after Tourism Minister Yariv Levin met Sunday with the CEO of the Indian airline, Ashwani Lohani, to seal the deal.
Air India has asked the Israel Airports Authority to allow it to run three weekly flights between the two countries.
India is a popular destination for Israelis, particularly young people just discharged from army service.

But increasing numbers of Indians have been visiting the Holy Land, too.

Out of 158,000 passengers traveling between the two countries last year, some 45,000 were Indians coming into Tel Aviv.

Levin told Army Radio on Monday that he hoped the competition would bring prices down.

Just over a quarter of Israelis flying to India use El Al, the national Israeli carrier, which already flies to Indian destinations, the majority preferring cheaper indirect routes via airports in cities such as Moscow and Istanbul.
06/03/17 Sue Surkes/Start-Up Israel