The airline will operate a direct route between Edinburgh Airport and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv this summer, starting from the 13th of June until October.
John Lamont MP (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk) heralded the announcement: “I warmly welcome Israir’s announcement that it will be operating the first ever direct flight from Scotland to Israel. The Scottish Conservatives have been pushing for this since a political visit to Israel two years ago, and will strengthen the ties between our two great countries”
Scottish Conservatives took part in a CFI delegation in August 2016, including nine Members of Scottish Parliament and the Director of the Scottish Conservatives, Lord McInnes CBE. Three of the then MSP’s have subsequently been elected as Members of Parliament, including John Lamont, Ross Thomson, and Douglas Ross.
During their visit the Scottish Conservatives committed to exploring the potential for direct passenger flights between Scotland and Israel in a bid to strengthen ties between the two countries, and following the trip have been working hard for almost two years to help secure this route.
The route will fly every Wednesday, and will depart Edinburgh at 20:20 and arrive into Tel Aviv at 03:35. The flight from Tel Aviv will depart at 15:20 and arrive into Edinburgh at 19:20.
This flight is the first direct flight from Scotland to Israel, and plays a role in strengthening the relationship between Israel and Scotland. As tourism in Israel is at a record high, this is a great opportunity for Scottish travellers to discover Israel. Edinburgh is the 2nd most visited destination in the UK after London, so Israeli passengers can now visit Scotland’s most popular tourist city.