Israel Gets New Direct Flights, Hotel Revenues Increase

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Israel is a popular destination for students, religious travelers and those who seek a unique spin on the vacation experience. With the help of several airlines, it is now becoming easier to get to this Middle Eastern destination.

Beginning July 2, US Airways will offer new direct service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. US Airways will be the first airline offering flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv. Visit www.usairways.com

For those travelers heading from Israel to South America, El Al Israel Airlines will launch a new route to Sao Paolo, Brazil from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport on May 2, 2009. The airline will offer three direct flights a week from Brazil. Visit www.elal.co.il

Lufthansa will resume its route from Munich to Ben Gurion International Airport beginning April 26. The airline will offer four weekly flights in addition to its twice-daily round-trip from Frankfurt.  Visit www.lufthansa.com

British Airways has added a new flight to its Tel Aviv-London route beginning June 4. The British Airways Boeing 777 will depart Thursday afternoons from London Heathrow Airport with the return flight from Tel Aviv departing on Friday at noon. The new weekly flight increases the number of British Airways' flights on the London to Tel Aviv route to fifteen per week. Visit
www.britishairways.com

In addition, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, hotel revenues in Israel for 2008 were at their highest level since 2000. Hotels in the destination recorded a total revenue of approximately $2 billion last year, which was a 5 percent increase compared to the previous year. The number of hotel rooms booked by tourists in 2008 was 21.6 million.  

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