Virgin Atlantic Cargo Realizes Potential with New Tel Aviv Route
UK-based Virgin Atlantic Cargo recently launched new daily flights between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv. The launch of the new route will provide more import and export opportunities for customers in the UK, US and Israel who are looking for extra cargo capacity to support the country’s improved economy.
The route will become fully operational on September 25th 2019 and offer a speedy cargo service from Tel Aviv for goods including high-value precious stones, fresh produce, high-tech and electrical products, pharmaceutical and express shipments to prime markets in the UK and US. In 2018 cargo volumes into Israel increased by 17%, this increase in demand helped the airline to make the decision to extend their network to Israel.
CEO for Virgin Atlantic, Shai Weiss said, “2019 marks the start of a new phase of growth for Virgin Atlantic as we work to achieve our ambition to become the most loved travel company. Tel Aviv represents a fantastic opportunity for us – Israel’s economy is booming and as one of the world’s leading tech hubs we’re anticipating many business travelers and entrepreneurs flying between Tel Aviv and the UK. We also see a significant opportunity to increase competition in the US – Tel Aviv market, using the strength of our trans-Atlantic Joint Venture with Delta to offer customers from Tel Aviv a wide range of US destinations connecting through London Heathrow including New York and San Francisco. It also promises to be a strong route for cargo.”
Virgin Atlantic Cargo Managing Director, Dominic Kennedy added, “This is a really exciting new route for us and plays to our strengths in terms of quick connections to and from the US and our proven expertise in carrying the major types of products moving in and out of Israel. We know customers will welcome not only the choice of more capacity but also the opportunity to benefit from our network reach and service levels. We expect cargo to make a significant contribution to the success of the route.”