El Al Israel Airlines will begin flying from Miami in November with three flights a week to its main base in Tel Aviv. The service, which will be flown on Boeing 777-200 aircraft, resumes a route that El Al discontinued in 2008.
For El Al, Miami will become its fifth U.S. destination once the city rejoins the carrier’s route map. El Al’s other U.S. destinations are Boston, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Newark Liberty.
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“This decision is part and parcel of the strategy in which we recognize the importance of trans-Atlantic routes and our desire to expand El Al’s presence in North America,” El Al CEO David Maimon says in a statement. “This new gateway city in the USA will help ensure that as (Israel’s) national airline, El Al continues to be the leading airline for travel to Israel, offering the most non-stops.”
The return of El Al also continues a run of international success for the Miami, which has already landed several new routes to foreign destinations in 2017. Among those announced or already flying:
– Volaris added new non-stop service to Guadalajara and Mexico City.
– Canadian outfit First Air added charter flights to Hamilton, Ontario.
– Icelandic discounter WOW Air is now flying to Reykjavík.
– Ireland’s Aer Lingus will begin Dublin flights in September.
– Scandinavian carrier SAS will launch Stockholm service in October.
Currently, Miami has service on 106 different airlines, which the airport clams is the most of any U.S. airport.
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