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Virgin Atlantic to ramp up Israel flights after UK gives ‘green’ nod

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British airline Virgin Atlantic said Sunday it is planning to increase the number of flights between London and Tel Aviv after the UK government placed Israel on its “green” country list, paving the way for quarantine-free travel for passengers departing Tel Aviv to London starting May 17.

“Virgin Atlantic remains committed to the Israeli market and will soon offer twice daily flights between Ben Gurion Airport and Heathrow Airport, alongside seamless connections to key US cities such as New York and Los Angeles, via London,” said Shai Weiss, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic, in a text message sent on Sunday.

The British government on Friday announced a “first tentative step” toward resuming international travel, saying UK citizens will be able to visit countries including Israel, Portugal and Iceland later this month without having to quarantine on their return.

In March 2020, as the pandemic struck and skies closed, Virgin halted flights between the countries and restarted them in September. The airline currently flies the route four times a week. It now plans to fly daily from June 14 and is then expected to increase that number to two daily........

© The Times of Israel

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