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For the first time in its history, Tenerife has a direct flight from Israel 

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SmartWings, the brand operated by Travel Service (the largest Czech airline), started on April 27th and on a weekly basis, the connection from the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, and Tenerife South airport. As of June 9th, one more weekly frequency will be added.

President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso said they had been working on the launch of a direct air route for years and described its implementation as “excellent news”.

Tourism councillor, Alberto Bernabé said: “We currently receive between 6,000 and 7,000 Israeli tourists arriving on the island through connecting flights in Madrid and to a lesser extent Barcelona, Moscow or Berlin, among other airports. With the start-up of the direct flight of SmartWings with Tel Aviv, around 15,000 seats will be put on the market which could double the number of tourists of this nationality.”

Lenka Vikova, representative of the SmartWings airline, pointed out that the flight, with an approximate duration of seven hours, will be offered both through tour operators and through direct sales at a price of around 500 euros round trip.

This connection will facilitate opportunities for travel agencies that offer vacation products but also tourism for congresses and events, a sector with great potential for the Israeli market.

The flight from Tel Aviv will be provided with a Boeing 747 Max 8 with a capacity of 189 passengers, which will have all the amenities on board, such as Wi-Fi service and movies. Travel Service, with a track record of 21 years, is the largest Czech airline within Czech Airlines (CSA). In addition to the Czech market, it is present in markets such as Slovakia, Poland or Hungary. Last year, it transported 6.3 million passengers in 423 destinations in total.

The Cabildo’s commitment to connectivity has led to an important increase in routes and frequencies in recent years that has led Tenerife to be connected with 154 destinations, mostly European, but also African, as well as national and regional. In total, 319 routes operated by more than 70 companies.