Monarch Airlines has launched two new Luton-Israel routes.
The airline will start flying to Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport) and Ovda Airport, the gateway to Eilat, in December, 2015, and flights will be on sale from noon today.
The airline previously operated flights to Israel as part of its charter service more than a decade ago.
The direct flights will operate three times a week to Tel Aviv (Monday, Thursday and Sunday) and once a week, on a Thursday to Ovda, with one-way flights available for the launch from just £89 outbound and just £49 inbound (including taxes).
Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport offers access to the city itself and Jerusalem, with transfer times of 20-25 minutes and 40-50 minutes respectively. The flight time is five hours.
Ovda Airport is a 45- transfer to the popular beach resort of Eilat. Located at the northernmost point of the Red Sea, it offers beaches, water sports and great diving.
Andrew Swaffield of Monarch said: “These two new scheduled routes are the result of the ongoing work we are doing to develop our winter programme which showcases a number of winter sun and ski destinations. Tel Aviv and Ovda are growing in popularity once more with tourists and with the diverse offerings of both these destinations we are sure they will be a very popular choice for winter short breaks and holidays. We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors from Israel to the UK.”
Yariv Levin, Israel’s Minister of Tourism said: “I am delighted that Monarch Airlines is launching new scheduled services to Israel this December. This is a great indication that Israel has the support of major carriers, such as Monarch, and will allow for even greater choice and accessibility for international travellers. By signing the Open Skies Agreement in 2013, we have paved the way to form this partnership with Monarch.”
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