Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States

Israel is open to travel by vaccinated tourists after a temporary suspension of travel. While PCR testing is currently required, there are few destinations where it is not required. Nevertheless, airlines, with strong ties for business and leisure travel between the US and Israel, have plenty of seats for sale for non-stop travel between the two countries.

El Al, Israel’s flag carrier, is the largest airline flying between Israel and the United States this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

The main international gateway for flights to Israel is Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). All non-stop flights between Israel and the US arrive and depart from this airport. The scheduling data in this article comes from Cirium.

US Airlines

American Airlines will fly three routes to Tel Aviv this summer:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to TLV with three weekly flights
  • Miami International Airpot (MIA) to TLV with three flights a week
  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to TLV with daily flights
Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States
The US network in the summer of 2022 from Tel Aviv will see the airline fly to three of its hubs. Photo: Cirium

American will operate up to two flights per day between the United States and Israel, with more than 3,500 seats per week each way. The flights from Dallas and Miami operate on different days. All flights will be operated with 273-seat Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. These aircraft can accommodate 37 passengers in business class flat-reclining seats, 24 in recliner-style premium economy, 66 economy seats with extra legroom and 146 standard economy seats.

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American Airlines will fly the 777-200ER to Israel this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

Israel is a new country in America’s international network. The airline launched Miami and New York in 2021, while Dallas will launch from May 6. Through these three hubs, passengers can connect to flights to and from Israel.

Delta Airlines

Delta Air Lines will fly to Tel Aviv on two routes this summer:

  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to TLV with daily flights
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) with three flights a week
Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States
Delta Air Lines is the smallest airline that flies between the US and Israel in terms of destinations, frequencies and number of seats. Photo: Cirium

As a result, Delta will have two daily nonstop flights between the US and Israel this summer, representing more than 2,800 seats each way. All flights will be operated on an Airbus A330-900neo. These aircraft can accommodate 281 passengers. This includes space for 29 reclining Delta One Suites, 28 premium economy seats in recliners, 56 economy seats with extra legroom and 168 standard economy seats.

Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States
Delta will fly its new Airbus A330-900neos to Israel this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

Delta’s primary gateway to Israel is JFK. Boston is a new addition to the airline’s network from Israel and comes as the airline builds the city as a hub. More connections are available from New York through Boston. Boston service will officially launch on May 26.

El Ali

El Al will fly six routes between the US and Tel Aviv this summer:

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to TLV with two flights a week with a Boeing 787-8
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to TLV with 11 weekly flights with Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft
  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to TLV with 16 weekly flights with a Boeing 787-9
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to TLV with six flights a week with a Boeing 787-9
  • Miami International Airport (MIA) to TLV with five weekly flights with a Boeing 787-9
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to TLV with three weekly flights with Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft
Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States
El Al has the most extensive network and largest share of seats between the US and Israel. Photo: Cirium

El Al will fly up to nine daily flights between the US and Israel this summer. However, due to Shabbat, it will not be operating any flights from the US on Friday. El Al is the flag carrier of Israel and the largest airline between the two countries. It offers more than 11,500 seats each way.

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El Al will fly Dreamliners exclusively between the US and Israel this summer, with up to 43 weekly flights. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

El Al’s Boeing 787-8s can accommodate 238 passengers. This includes 20 in reclining business class, 35 in lounge chair-style premium economy and 183 in economy. The 787-9s have room for 271 passengers. This includes 32 lay-flat business class, 35 recliner-style premium economy and 204 standard economy. Some aircraft have 32 lay-flat business class seats with 28 premium economy seats and 222 standard economy seats.

United Airlines

United Airlines will fly four routes to Israel from the United States:

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to TLV with up to two daily flights on Boeing 777-300ERs
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD) from Washington DC to TLV with three weekly flights on Boeing 787-8 aircraft
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to TLV with three weekly flights on Boeing 787-8 aircraft
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to TLV with daily Boeing 787-9 flights
Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States
United’s network in Israel is the largest of any US airline. Photo: Cirium

In total, United will make up to four departures per day from the US to Israel. United will become the largest US-based airline between the two countries this summer. It will offer more than 8,100 seats each way this summer.

United’s 777-300ERs can accommodate 350 passengers. This includes 60 reclining Polaris seats, 24 premium reclining-style economy seats, 62 economy seats with extra legroom and 204 standard economy seats.

Summer Trip to Israel: Non-Stop Options from the United States
United Airlines will fly to Israel from four of its hubs. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

The Boeing 787-8s can accommodate 243 passengers. This includes 28 lay-flat Polaris business class seats, 21 premium relax-style economy seats, 36 economy seats with extra legroom and 158 standard economy seats.

Finally, the Boeing 787-9s can accommodate 252 passengers. United is working to modify its 787-9s to accommodate 48 lay-flat business class seats in the Polaris cabin, 21 premium economy relax-style seats, 39 economy seats with extra legroom and 149 standard economy seats . United are looking to complete the renovation of its 787-9 fleet in time for the summer.

Current access restrictions

Israel welcomes international tourists again. Currently, entry restrictions require passengers to undergo a negative PCR test 72 hours before the flight to Israel. Alternatively, passengers can take an antigen test 24 hours before the flight. This is in addition to a vaccination certificate plus a pre-registration form within 48 hours before departure.

Upon arrival in Israel, passengers will take a PCR test at the airport. Arriving passengers are then directed to a hotel or residence for quarantine. The quarantine period ends after passengers receive their negative results or a 24-hour pass, whichever comes first.

Passengers should note that timetables are subject to change. Some airlines may reduce supply if demand falls or new travel restrictions are introduced. Israel has relied heavily on vaccinations to reopen and promote international travel.

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