June 15, 2024

Virgin sets date for Tel Aviv restart

Virgin Atlantic has confirmed plans to resume flights from Heathrow to Tel Aviv from September 5 2024.

Flights will operate daily on board Airbus A330 aircraft, offering connections through Heathrow to 14 US destinations on 33 daily flights, operated by Virgin Atlantic and partner Delta Air Lines.

Virgin has also signed a new codeshare partnership with EL AL to offer more connections between the UK, US and Israel.

The two airlines will place codes on their respective Heathrow and Tel Aviv services.

The partnership will offer reciprocal earn and redemption opportunities, as well as premium customer recognition and tier benefits for frequent flyers, including Flying Club and EL AL’s Matmid program.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, said: “Our return to Tel Aviv will be welcome news for customers who have enjoyed our service since 2019, and this time round it’ll be strengthened by our new codeshare partnership with EL AL.”

Meanwhile, through its membership of SkyTeam, Virgin Atlantic is working towards new commercial partnerships with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, which will formally join the alliance on September 1.

From that date, Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club members will receive instant earning and redeeming opportunities and SAS EuroBonus members will be able to earn and redeem their points on Virgin Atlantic.

Furthermore, a new codeshare with SkyTeam member Saudia has launched, providing connectivity between Saudi Arabia and Virgin Atlantic destinations.  

The first phase of the agreement, which is now live, means Virgin Atlantic customers travelling on flights from the US can purchase seamless onward connections through Heathrow and Manchester, onto Saudia’s services to Jeddah and Riyadh.