Shanghai – Chinese Airline Announces Direct Flights To Israel


    A Hainan Airlines plane takes off from the Sanya Phoenix International Airport in Sanya, Hainan province, China, May 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo Shanghai – The Israeli Tourism Ministry and Chinese airline Hainan Airlines announced today the signing of a marketing agreement to open a new route between Shanghai and Tel Aviv.

    This step makes Hainan Airlines the first airline to operate regular flights between the economic capital of China and Israel. Because of the signing of the agreement, tickets can be reserved from today on this route.

    In the last year, there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists and business people visiting Israel from China. The new route is expected to increase these numbers further, while providing good news to the Israeli consumer who can now enjoy a new destination in the Far East. The entry of Hainan Airlines into Israel’s skies has brought a significant reduction in prices, and it is anticipated that this will happen on the new route as well.

    Beginning September 12, Hainan Airlines will operate three direct weekly flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, using their new Dreamliner planes (787-900).

    The flights will depart from Ben Gurion airport at 13:55 local time and land in Shanghai at 05:30 the following day. The flights will leave Shanghai at 01:25, landing in Ben Gurion at 08:30 the same day. According to Hainan Airlines, the ticket prices for a return journey will begin from $669 in economy class and from $2,749 in business class.

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