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Thomsonfly launches Manchester-Tel Aviv

Thomsonfly has launched the first low-fare flight service from Manchester to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Low-fares airline Thomsonfly launched services from Manchester to Tel Aviv on November 1st, bringing no-frills flights from the north-west to the Israeli city for the first time.

The carrier will operate three departures a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, initially using a 223-seat Boeing 757.

Introduced as part of Thomsonfly's winter schedule, the route could be extended to a year-round service if it proves popular.

Speaking earlier this year when the connection was first announced, Thomsonfly commercial director Guy Stephenson said: "Our decision to launch into Tel Aviv will satisfy the huge demand for direct flights to this exciting Israeli city.

"The Israeli economy is strong and visitor numbers from the UK are up this year, which is a positive backdrop to the launch of new services."

Manchester airport aviation development director Tim McDermott said Tel Aviv is becoming a "popular young leisure destination" and described the Thomsonfly service as a "major coup" for the airport's low-cost, long-haul programme.

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