Monday, February 11, 2019

Arkia to launch 2 Israel - India routes

Israeli airline Arkia Airlines Ltd. today announced that it would introduce flights to two destinations in India: Goa and Cochin in the state of Kerala. Arkia is joining El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL), which operates direct flights to Mumbai, and Air India, which flies from Tel Aviv to Delhi on a shorter route passing above Saudi Arabia.

Arkia will operate the new flights from September 2019 using recently acquired Airbus 321neoLR airliners. Flights will take seven hours and will take place all year round, except for the summer in Israel, which is the monsoon season in India.

The flight to Goa will take off on Tuesdays, while there will be two weekly flights to Cochin. Flights will take off on Mondays and Fridays in September-October, and on Sundays and Thursdays starting on October 27.

Since the frequency of the flights does not meet the criteria for obtaining grants from the Ministry of Tourism for operating flights to new destinations, Arkia will not receive a grant. A year ago, Arkia began direct flights to Bangkok, thereby ending El Al's monopoly on direct flights from Tel Aviv to Thailand.

The airliners to be used for the flights to India have 220 seats. The flights will include full flight service. The entertainment system on flights uses an app for viewing on a passenger's personal device (bring your own device).
Sales of tickets for the flights will begin on March 24. Arkia stated that prices would begin at $250 in each direction to and from Cochin and $300 in each direction to and from Goa.
11/02/19 Globes
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