Massport Program draws Israeli El-Al Airline to Logan
Beginning next summer, travelers will be able to fly non-stop between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport. The thrice-weekly flight service was made possible in part by $700,000 in subsidies awarded by Massport, a New England Council member, through a program to spur more international flights to and from Boston.
Massport’s “International Air Service Incentive Program” was started in 2008 to bolster Logan’s international business and encourage airlines to begin service to Boston, offering waivers in landing fees and marketing support to international airlines. Since then, five international airlines have begun service at Logan: Japan, Copa, Emirates, Turkish, and Hainan Airlines. In this deal specifically, Massport will provide $348,000 in landing fees to El Al over a two-year period and $350,000 in marketing support for a year. The route between Israel and Boston has always been in high demand. In fact, Boston is the fourth largest U.S. – Tel Aviv origin-destination market without nonstop service— until now. The route is sure to be frequented by business travelers and students, considering the strong ties between Tel Aviv and Massachusetts’s life sciences, biotech, finance, clean energy and cybersecurity industries.
“Nonstop international flights to and from Logan stimulate our economy and our region,” said Massport’s CEO Thomas P Glynn, who serves on the NEC Board of Directors.. “This new service helps open new doors and new possibilities. Logan is truly New England’s gateway to the world.’’
The Boston-Tel Aviv market has grown 16 percent in the last three years alone. With new, non-stop service, the working relationship between the two regions is sure to improve even more, ensuring collaboration between two world leaders in many industries. The New England Council congratulates Logan Airport and El-Al on the new partnership, and thanks Massport for helping to make it all possible.