Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2017

Air India to launch first Israel–India flights early next month

Air India Ashwani Lohani will visit Israel as a guest of Tourism Minister Yariv Levin early next month to launch first Israel–India flights.



Air India will launch first Israel–India flights early next month, “Yediot Ahronot” reports. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis, flew Israel-India flights via El Al or stopover destinations such as Amman, Cairo, Istanbul and Kiev.

According to the Hebrew newspaper, chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani and a senior delegation of Air India executives will visit Israel and formally announce the inauguration of the new route. Lohani  will be the guests of Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin.

Currently El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. and foreign carriers operate the only flights between the two countries. It’s unclear whether Air India will fly to Tel Aviv from Mumbai or New Delhi.

45,000 Indian tourists came to Israel in 2016, according to the Ministry of Tourism. Up 13% from 2015 and it is hoped that the Air India flights will significantly increase this number.

In 2016, 61,251 passengers flew on the direct El Al’s Israel-India flights, Globes reports.

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