BA details Tel Aviv restart schedule

British Airways plans to restart flights from Heathrow to Tel Aviv with an outbound stop in Cyprus.

The service has been moved into BA’s short-haul network and is due to resume initially with four flights a week from April 1.

Return flights from Ben Gurion airport, which were halted on October 11 after the start of the Israel-Gaza conflict last autumn, will operate non-stop to London.

The 45-minute operational stop in Larnaca to allow for crews to be swapped will be in place until May 31.

The airline previously operated two long-haul Boeing 777s a day between London and Tel Aviv, meaning that business class beds will no longer be available.

A BA spokesperson said: “We’ve taken the commercial decision to move Tel Aviv to our short-haul network when we restart our flights on 1 April. 

“This aligns these flights with other similar length flights we operate, and we’ll keep this decision under review.”

Virgin Atlantic also plans to resume flights between Heathrow and Tel Aviv from March 30. A second daily service is being dropped for the rest  of the year.

EasyJet has still yet to confirm when Tel Aviv will return to its network from the UK, with the flying programme subject to regular review.

Budget rival Ryanair resumed flights last week from Austria, France, Germany and Italy.

Wizz Air is due to resume flights between Luton airport and Tel Aviv from March 1.

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