United confirms Tel Aviv return after ‘detailed safety analysis’

United Airlines plans to resume a daily service from New York/Newark to Tel Aviv next month.

The initial flights on March 2 and 4 will stop in Munich “to ensure all service providers are ready to support non-stop service to and from Newark”. 

No Newark departures to Tel Aviv are planned for March 3 and 5. 

“Our goal is to resume daily nonstop service to Tel Aviv beginning March 6,” the carrier said.

“We’re eager to resume a second daily Tel Aviv flight from Newark as soon as May as travel demand recovers.” 

The resumption in March is the first step “in restoring vital passenger and cargo service” that was suspended in October in the wake of the Hamas attack on Israel and subsequent conflict in Gaza.

United said it conducted a “detailed safety analysis” in making the decision to return to Israel.

This included close work with security experts and government officials in the US and Israel. 

“We also worked closely with the Air Line Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants to develop the protocols to ensure they are safe and well-informed,” the airline added.

United will continue to monitor the situation in Tel Aviv and adjust the schedule as warranted, including changes to the resumed service from New York/Newark announced today. 

Previous services from San Francisco, Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare will be evaluated for resumption from the autumn.

The news came after British Airways announced plans for a reduced four-times a week Heathrow-Tel Aviv service from April 1.

But Virgin Atlantic flights on the same route will remain suspended until September 4.

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