Israel’s El Al are planning to launch flights from Tel Aviv to Dublin from May 2020. This will mark the first time the Israeli carrier has served the Republic of Ireland.

According to those in the know, there is a strong connecting market between Dublin and Tel Aviv via Istanbul, so the new services should do quite well.

El Al Dublin Schedule

El Al will commence services on 26 May 2020, flying a thrice weekly schedule on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Services will be operated with the Boeing 737, which has 16 business class seats and 138 or 156 economy seats, depending on the model.

From the advert above, the Irish stereotypes are in full force, showing pubs, Shamrocks and a lot of green. I would like to see the alternative ad for the Irish market, promoting Israel! Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 4 September 2019.

On Board Service

All passengers in economy class are served meals on El Al flights, even on the cheapest Lite fares. Wi-Fi is offered on board many aircraft and is free for things like e-mail and Whatsapp, while it costs US$9.99 and US$19.99 for the basic plan and business plan respectively.

Considering flights will be over five hours in length, it makes sense to have this option. It is something I would use on board if there was no inflight entertainment. El Al does offer movies streamed to your device and all you need to do is download the app for it before flight.

Overall Thoughts

Having a direct connection to the Middle East from Dublin adds to the expansion of routes eastwards. Other places such as Hong Kong have been connected successfully recently and the rumour mill is hoping Singapore Airlines will add Singapore once the new runway is open.

What do you think of the new El Al service to Dublin? Is it something you would use? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Featured image by Raimond Spekking via Wikimedia Commons.
Boeing 737-900ER cabin photo by Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90 via The Times of Israel.