United Airlines will become the first U.S. airline to offer nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Tel Aviv when it launches its Washington Dulles International Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport service next May.
The flights, which are subject to government approval, will operate three times weekly, on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, from Dulles. Close to 70 connections will be available on the return flights, including service to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, and Miami.
The announcement marks the 20th anniversary of United’s service to Israel. The carrier started serving Israel in 1999 when it announced flights between Newark and Tel Aviv. It has since added service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.
"As we begin celebrating 20 years of service in Israel, we want to thank our customers and employees who have helped make United the top U.S. airline serving Israel," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network.