Direct flights between Manchester and Israel are set to be resumed next year.
El Al announced at the World Travel Market that it will it add the direct route to its schedule for the first time in more than a decade. The service will be offered three times week from 26 May on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
It comes after the closure of Monarch, which includes the route in its schedule, a year ago.
“We’re going to make Israel even closer,” said Michael Strassburger of El Al at the opening of the Israel Government Tourist Office zone at the annual WTM in London. “We have great anticipation thousands of British tourists will use this new service.”
Mark Regev, who cut the ribbon on the stand with the director general of the Israeli Tourism Ministry, said record numbers of British tourists visited the Jewish state last year – and said that would be eclipsed again in 2018.
He said: “It’s a really exciting time for British people to visit Israel. I expect more and more people to visit. It’s good for the British and good for Israel.”