British Airways is resuming service to Tel Aviv, with a stopover in Cyprus

With a little change, British Airways is going to start operating again from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International (TLV) in Israel. The airline has decided to include a stopover in Cyprus during its itinerary.

Going back with modifications

British Airways will resume operations between Heathrow and Tel Aviv on April 1st, after a six-month break caused by regional tensions. Nevertheless, the flights will now only happen four times a week, and short-haul Airbus A320s will be utilized in place of the long-haul Boeing 787s. An official from British Airways clarified that this choice is consistent with flights of comparable length in their network and will be subject to continuing

The drop in demand for travel to Israel is reflected in this adjustment. The forthcoming A320 flights will carry about 720 seats weekly, compared to the 2,016 weekly seats each way offered by the twice-daily Boeing 787-9 flights in April 2023.

A stopover in Cyprus

The biggest modification to British Airways' future flights from Heathrow to Tel Aviv, other aircraft and frequency modifications, is the addition of a layover in Cyprus on the outbound leg. In order to allow for a crew change, passengers headed for Tel Aviv will make a 45-minute stop at Larnaca Glafcos Clerides International Airport (LCA).

The A320 will be flown by a fresh crew for the final 210 miles (338 km) to Tel Aviv after this layover. The trip back to London Heathrow Airport will continue to run nonstop. With continuous revisions, this stopover agreement is anticipated to last until May 31st, 2024.

The layover is intended to improve operational flexibility in the event that security concerns impede landing in Israel, and passengers will stay on board during this time. With this configuration, there is no need to reroute the aircraft in the middle of the flight and enough crew time is available for a possible return trip to London.

Effects on loyalty schemes

British Airways' Executive Club frequent flyer program will be impacted by changes made to its Tel Aviv routes. Short-haul flight transition will result in lower tier point accumulation starting on March 30, 2025, especially for Club World (business class), where tier points will drop from 140 to 80.

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