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Monarch announces two new routes to Israel

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Monarch Airlines has announced two new scheduled routes to Israel from London Luton Airport.

The airline will start flying to Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport) and Ovda Airport in December of this year. The airline previously operated flights to Israel as part of its charter service more than a decade ago and now, following a recent in-depth review of its scheduled network, the airline will be flying to Tel Aviv and Ovda – the gateway to Eilat.

The direct flights will operate three times a week to Tel Aviv (Monday, Thursday and Sunday) and once a week, on a Thursday to Ovda with one-way flights available.

Andrew Swaffield, Chief Executive Officer of The Monarch Group commented: “These two new scheduled routes are the result of the ongoing work we are doing to develop our winter programme which showcases a number of winter sun and ski destinations. Tel Aviv and Ovda are growing in popularity once more with tourists and with the diverse offerings of both these destinations we are sure they will be a very popular choice for winter short breaks and holidays. We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors from Israel to the UK.”

Yariv Levin, Israel’s Minister of Tourism said: “I am delighted that Monarch Airlines is launching new scheduled services to Israel this December. This is a great indication that Israel has the support of major carriers, such as Monarch, and will allow for even greater choice and accessibility for international travellers. By signing the Open Skies Agreement in 2013, we have paved the way to form this partnership with Monarch.” 

Elliot Renton, Chief Financial Officer, London Luton Airport said: “We welcome the decision to launch Tel Aviv and Ovda from London Luton. Monarch’s customers will join record numbers of passengers who choose to fly from the Airport and will benefit from our great transport links and close proximity to North and Central London as well as the quick and convenient access through the Airport.”

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