Flights

El Al plan Luton-Tel Aviv flights

By Candice Krieger, March 25, 2009

EL AL is launching a daily flight from Luton to Tel Aviv. The service will start from May, the JC has learned.

Uri Danor, CEO, UK, acknowledged that the additional six-times-a-week service will suit travelers who live in north London and have access to train service First Capital Connect, which runs directly from the City to Luton Airport Parkway station.

He said: “Luton will be much more convenient for these people. It’s easier than getting to Stansted We think it will be very well-received.” EL AL will no longer be flying from London Stansted once the Luton service starts.

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Easyjet considers Tel Aviv

By Jan Shure, March 12, 2009

Leading low-cost operator Easyjet is in discussions with Israeli tourism authorities about the launch of flights to Tel Aviv later this year.

The JC can confirm that “at least two” senior members of the airline’s commercial team were in Jerusalem last week for discussions with Israeli Tourism Ministry officials about the opening of a route between London -Luton and Ben-Gurion, probably in September.

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Airline silent on flight cancellation claims

By Jan Shure, February 19, 2009

Thomsonfly have refused to deny suggestions that they will be scrapping flights between Manchester and Tel Aviv.

Rival airline Jet2 last week announced they will be making weekly flights to Israel from May.

The no-frills airline, now flying to 40 destinations from six UK airports, launched its Tel Aviv route with the claim that it will be “the only airline to offer a direct route from the north of the UK, following the demise of other services”.

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Spas, bars and Latin odysseys

By Kate Collins, July 18, 2008

El Al, the national carrier of Israel, has been rated one of the top five long-haul airlines operating from the UK in a consumer survey published in Which? More than 200,000 Readers of the magazine responded to a postal survey, placing El Al ahead of any UK carrier. Criteria included quality of cabin staff, cleanliness and value for money.

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Greek treats, bridge and all that jazz…

By Kate Collins, June 20, 2008

This year’s New York Jewish Museum annual education visit is “Greece through Jewish Eyes”. Taking in Athens, Delphi, Thessaloniki and other sites, and looking at Jewish settlement in Greece from the third century BCE, the trip will run from September 12 to 22.

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Football, fish and the fast-track to flights

By Kate Collins, March 28, 2008

Heathrow has just become the first city in El Al’s network to permit passengers to check in and print an airport authority-compatible final boarding pass at home. A fast drop-off desk means passengers with luggage can arrive two hours 15 minutes before departure, and those without bags just 90 minutes (www.elal.co.uk; 020 7121 1400).

Good news for fish-eaters going south. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli is opening two restaurants in Brighton. His latest deli-style Zilli’s Café at the city’s new myhotel opened last week, and in May a 120-seat Zilli’s restaurant, serving modern Italian food, will open in the hotel, with outdoor dining in summer (www.zillialdo.com; 01273 900 300).

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