PRESS RELEASE JUNE 29TH 2016
Budget airline easyJet will consider adding a third weekly flight between Manchester and Tel Aviv if the success of its existing services on Mondays and Thursdays continues.
Ali Gayward, the airline’s UK commercial manager, told an audience of business people in Manchester that there is huge passenger demand on the route.
Speaking at a British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West lunch event, she added: “We would be delighted to increase the number of flights we offer passengers from Manchester to Tel Aviv. We have seen significant demand in both directions.”
She also said that, as easyJet grows its presence at Manchester, the airline will continue to evaluate new opportunities, including Israel’s new airport, 11 miles north of Eilat, which is due to open in 2017.
The development at Timna is being named after Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, and will replace Eilat and Ovda airports.
Ali told the audience that disruption across Europe in the form of thunderstorms and industrial action by French air traffic controllers is making this an extremely challenging summer for the airline, which has a fleet of over 250 aircraft that carry more than 70 million passengers a year on over 800 routes.
EasyJet operates 34 flights a week between Israel and eight European cities.
Ali added: “One of the biggest challenges at Ben Gurion Airport is that passengers have to check in for their flights in one terminal then get a bus to the departure terminal.”
She said a delegation from the airline is due to meet airport chiefs for talks about the issue.
“The current terminal infrastructure is unacceptable and it’s a very high priority of ours to understand how we can improve the process for our customers,” she added.
A vote of thanks to Ali was given by David Rothburn, executive director at investment management firm Quilter Cheviot, which sponsored the lunch.
Notes to editors
- Photograph 1 shows Ali Gayward speaking at the BICC-NW lunch.
- Photograph 2 shows, from left to right, BICC-NW chairman Brian White, David Rothburn, Ali Gayward and Gideon Klaus, executive director of the BICC-NW.
- For more information on this story, contact Gideon Klaus on 0161 929 8916 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit www.bicc-nw.org for more information on the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.