Israel launches first direct flight route to Ireland, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld


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The first direct flight route between Israel and Ireland was launched recently, Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety said in a statement.

Israel’s flagship airline El Al inaugurated the route with a flight from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv to Dublin International Airport stated.

Before takeoff, a ceremony was held at the Israeli airport with the participation of Israel’s Transport Minister Miri Regev, Irish Ambassador to Israel Kyle O’Sullivan, and other senior officials.

“The direct flights will contribute to strengthening the economic, cultural, tourism, and academic ties between the two nations, and to improving the relationship between the governments,” Regev said.

Helped by a USD 9 million capital gain, Israel’s flag carrier said it earned USD 8.5 million between October and December, compared with a USD 110 million loss in the same period a year earlier and a USD 31 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2019, before the pandemic hit travel. It was the first time since 2015 that El Al has posted a fourth-quarter profit.

“Every new direct route connecting Israel to destinations around the world shortens flight times, saves fuel and carbon emissions, and contributes to competition between airlines,” she added.

O’Sullivan said that “the relationship between the two countries is very important. Many Israelis work in Ireland, and thanks to the new route, tourism will flourish.”

The new route, which includes three weekly flights, will shorten the travel time between Tel Aviv and Dublin from at least 8 hours with a stopover, to less than 5.5 hours.

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