New Delhi, Oct 31 (IEBusiness) With an average load factor exceeding 80 per cent and the increased demand on Air India’s New Delhi-Tel Aviv flight services, the national carrier on Wednesday said it would add a fifth weekly flight from November 26 this year.
The airline will now fly five days a week, including Monday in addition to Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday on the 256-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In addition to Air India’s announcement, Israeli carrier El Al has introduced a new Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on its Mumbai-Tel Aviv route. The new airplane has a capacity of 279 seats in a four-class configuration of first, business, economy plus and economy and will cater to the rising demand from India.
El Al is the only airline currently servicing the direct Mumbai-Tel Aviv sector with three weekly non-stop flights.
These announcements have come at a time when Israel Ministry of Tourism has recorded a growth of 58 per cent with 48,800 Indian arrivals to the country from January to September 2018 vis-a-vis 30,800 Indian visitors during the same period in 2016.