El Al Israel Airlines is to return to Stansted with a five-times a week summer service to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport from June 28.

The airline last operated scheduled services from London Stansted in 2009.

Its new route will be operated until September 3 using a 166-seat Boeing 737-800, with business and economy class seats. Return fares start at £280.

Tel Aviv attracts around 2.5 million international visitors annually.

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Stansted’s head of aviation, Nick Sime, said: “We are very pleased to welcome EL AL Israel Airlines back to London Stansted. In excess of 700,000 people already travel from our catchment area to Tel Aviv each year so it’s fantastic EL AL has recognised the great opportunity the exists at Stansted and is offering people living in North London and the East of England a quicker and more convenient travel option.

“We are confident that the new service will be well used by passengers and look forward to developing the route with EL AL in the future.”

Michael Strassburger, EL AL vice president commercial and industry affairs, added: “EL AL continues to expand its operations across the UK and is excited to return and fly from London Stansted.

“The new five weekly flights from Stansted will offer our passengers from North London, East of England and surrounding areas the possibility to fly with EL AL, so we look forward to welcoming them to enjoy the Israeli experience that begins onboard our revamped aircraft fleet.”