United to Launch Nonstop Flights From SF to Tel Aviv

Another option from the West Coast to Israel By: Valerie Chen
Clients can now fly direct from San Francisco to Tel Aviv. // © 2015 iStock
Clients can now fly direct from San Francisco to Tel Aviv. // © 2015 iStock

The Details

United Airlines

United Airlines has announced that it will add three nonstop, roundtrip flights per week between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, Israel. The flights will be available starting April 1.

Why It Matters:
West Coast clients interested in visiting Israel will be happy to have more options on this route — which is often in high demand — and the move shows the airline’s confidence that travel to this sometimes troubled region will continue to grow. United currently has 17 routes that connect the U.S. and Israel, including two daily nonstop, roundtrip flights from New York to Tel Aviv. Other airline options that fly daily to Israel include Delta Air Lines from New York and US Airways from Philadelphia. 

Fast Facts:
- United will operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the flights to Tel Aviv. 

- The flights will depart from SFO at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and will land at TLV at 8:10 p.m. on the following days.

- On the return route, the flights will depart from TLV at 12:55 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and will land at SFO at 6 a.m. on the following days.

What They Are Saying:
“After the New York metropolitan area, California is Israel tourism’s No. 2 American market,” said Uri Steinberg, the tourism commissioner for North America for the State of Israel. “San Francisco International Airport is ideally located not only for tourists, but also for the vast amount of business travelers who literally commute between Silicon Valley and Israel’s own high-tech centers.”