easyJet - Reuters - 3.2012
An easyJet flight on the tarmac in Geneva, March 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Low-cost airline easyJet will be adding two weekly flights between London and Ben-Gurion International Airport, the company announced last week.

After the change takes effect in November, the airline will be offering nine flights a week between Israel and Britain. The new flights will be on Mondays and Thursdays.

Passengers can start booking seats on the new flights now, said easyJet's Britain-based commercial manager Hugh Aitken. Tickets start at 35.99 pounds from Ben-Gurion to London, and 78.99 pounds from London to Ben-Gurion. Those prices are for one way.

The company is working to advance Tel Aviv as a destination for business and pleasure, Aitken said, noting that the company has been seeing increased demand from customers within Israel as well.

In addition, easyJet offers four flights a week from Ben-Gurion to Geneva, and four flights a week to Basel, Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Greek airline Olympic also announced that it was expanding operations in Israel to four weekly flights between Ben-Gurion and Athens. Flights will depart both locations on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The company had halted flights to Israel, but renewed operations in early March.

However, Danish airline Cimber Sterling intends to halt flights to Israel this month because they are not economically viable, it said. The company had renewed flights between Copenhagen and Ben-Gurion in November.

At its peak, the airline had four flights to and from Ben-Gurion.