El-Al To Begin Non-Stop Flights Between Chicago And Israel

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Israel’s national airline, El-Al, will soon begin offering non-stop flights between Israel and Chicago.

El Al Israel Airlines will fly between Chicago and Ben Gurion Airport three times per week starting in March 2020, with flights departing O’Hare International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, city and airline officials said in a news release.

The airline last flew to Chicago in 2007. But for several years, those flights had required a stop in another city en route to Israel, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

“The City of Chicago is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centers in the United States and is an especially attractive destination for tourism and business,” said Michael Strassburger, El Al’s vice president for commercial and industry affairs, in a statement.

The new flight “is proof that our investments in O’Hare are paying off, as more people throughout the world want to travel to Chicago than ever before,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in the statement. “From the Midwest to the Middle East, O’Hare is making what’s already the best-connected city in the nation more accessible for travelers throughout the world.”

El Al plans to use a 235-seat Boeing 787 for the flights.

The airline did not provide details on airfares but said tickets will go on sale Mar. 27.

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