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American to begin DFW Airport to Tel Aviv flights in 2020

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport customers will have direct access to Israel for the first time when American Airlines launches service to Tel Aviv next year.

American Airlines announced Aug. 8 that it will operate the only nonstop service between Texas and Israel with three weekly flights, utilizing Boeing 787-900 aircraft on the route beginning on Sept. 9, 2020.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is our home, and we are thrilled to offer year-round service to Tel Aviv,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “We are committed to offering our customers the most choices from DFW to the world.”

These flights will serve customers throughout the U.S., offering flyers more one-stop options to and from Israel, rather than the previous two stops that were available, according to American Airlines officials.

For business travelers, particularly in the tech industry, the news should be welcome, American officials said.

The tech industry continues to grow in Israel, and American will be able to provide the most efficient routing to U.S. tech hub cities like Austin and San Jose, American officials said.

“The market in Israel is growing, and offering year-round service from DFW gives us the opportunity to offer more customers the most direct flights possible to and from the region,” said Cedric Rockamore, Vice President of DFW Hub Operations at American Airlines. “And with about 900 daily flights and more than 9,000 daily one-stop combinations of connections from DFW, the possibilities are pretty close to endless.”

Tel Aviv flights will be available for sale on Oct. 10, 2019. With this addition, DFW Airport provides nonstop service to 66 international destinations and 190 domestic destinations.

“DFW Airport is pleased to connect our customers to another international destination during this time of unprecedented growth,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer at DFW Airport. “Nonstop service to Tel Aviv will provide added convenience for customers traveling to Israel for business or leisure, whether local to North Texas or connecting through DFW on the American Airlines global network.”

“I am proud of industry leaders like American Airlines for its continued success in seizing opportunities to expand travel around the world,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “Through this expanded partnership between American Airlines and DFW, the Texas travel industry continues to be an innovative and beneficial part of our economy. A non-stop flight from DFW to Tel Aviv provides travelers who go through the great state of Texas a more accessible option to visit international destinations, while also strengthening the cultural and economic ties between Texas and Israel. I’m grateful to American Airlines for their work to bring greater travel opportunities to the Lone Star State.”

American also announced a European expansion out of Chicago (ORD) to Krakow, Poland (KRK), Prague, Czech Republic (PRG) and Budapest, Hungary (BUD). The airline will also enter the African continent for the first time in its history with seasonal flights to Casablanca, Morocco (CMN) from Philadelphia (PHL) beginning in May.

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