03 June, 2024

UK's Virgin Atlantic and Israel's El Al, sign code share deal on London flights

El Al Israel Airlines has signed a new codeshare deal with the UK's Virgin Atlantic to start from 19 June 2024. 

Under this new agreement, customers of both airlines will be able to fly on the Tel Aviv-London Heathrow route on flights operated by El Al and Virgin with a common code - El Al's code will be added to Virgin's flights and Virgin's will be added to El Al's flights.

Virgin, which is 49% owned by Delta Air Lines, is a member of the Sky Team Alliance. El Al has also recently signed codeshare deals with Delta, Scandinavian Airlines and Air France.  Virgin Atlantic will resume flights between London Heathrow and Israel in September, the airline confirmed this week, with a daily flight in each direction between Heathrow and Tel Aviv using Airbus A330 aircraft from 5th September.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented:  “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this month, we know that giving our customers more choice and award-winning service in the skies is what fuels our success, alongside working with the best partners. We’re delighted to launch codeshares with our SkyTeam partners at SAS and Saudia today, enhancing our connectivity and offering greater customer benefits to our frequent flyers, who will be able to achieve rewards faster.  

“Our return to Tel Aviv on 5 September will be welcome news for customers who have enjoyed our service since 2019, and this time round it’ll be strengthened by our new codeshare partnership with EL AL.”