Israel’s biggest hub will replace Dubai in the airline’s Middle Eastern operation
The news follows Virgin Atlantic’s recent decision to drop its London–Dubai connection on 31 March. Tel Aviv will replace the UAE hub after almost a decade of service as the connection is no longer commercially viable.
“Tel Aviv represents a fantastic opportunity for us — Israel’s economy is booming and as one of the world’s leading tech hubs, we’re anticipating many business travellers and entrepreneurs flying between Tel Aviv and the UK,” said the airline’s CEO Shai Weiss.
“Renowned for its cultural sites and with Unesco recognised architecture, Tel Aviv also boasts beautiful beaches, a buzzing artistic and nightlife scene, incredible food, and is a great base to explore the tourist destinations of the region, including the iconic historical city of Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea.”
Virgin will use their Airbus A330-300 aircraft to operate the five-hour flights offering more than 180,000 seats per year.
The airline is also planning to enable seamless onward connections via their London hub to US destinations across the networks of Virgin Atlantic and its 49 per cent shareholder, Delta Air Lines.
Virgin Atlantic has been working on a $13 billion transatlantic joint venture with over 300 daily transatlantic flights and 96 non-stop destinations, alongside Delta, Air France and KLM, as well as launching new services from London Heathrow to Las Vegas and Manchester to Los Angeles.
“We also see a significant opportunity to increase competition in the US-Tel Aviv market, using the strength of our transatlantic joint venture with Delta to offer customers from Tel Aviv a wide range of US destinations connecting through London Heathrow, including New York and San Francisco,” Weiss added.