El Al launches nonstop flights between Israel and Las Vegas
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El Al launches nonstop flights between Israel and Las Vegas

Airline says the desert city has become a popular destination for Israelis; new route to start in June

Illustrative photo of an El Al plane taking off from Ben Gurion Airport, August 5, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an El Al plane taking off from Ben Gurion Airport, August 5, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

LAS VEGAS — Officials say a nonstop flight between Israel and Las Vegas will launch next month.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday that El Al Israel Airlines will operate a flight between the Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and the McCarran International Airport starting on June 14.

The 14-hour flight to Las Vegas will depart Tel Aviv on Friday mornings. The flight back to Israel will leave Las Vegas on Saturday nights.

The airline’s vice president of commercial and industry affairs, Michael Strassburger, says Las Vegas has become a popular destination for Israelis, so the airline added the flight to meet demand.

The airline currently has nonstop service to six North American destinations, including Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.

It recorded 5.6 million passengers last year.

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