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Now Direct connectivity to Israel from Kochi Arkia commences Operations

 With the Arkia Airlines commenced operations from Kochi, the connectivity between the South India and Israel has improved; urging a strong growth in tourism. The IZ 633  Arkia Israeli Airline has touched down Kochi at 10 am on Saturday with 152 passengers and  20 crew members. CIAL ARFF team received the first aircraft with water garlanding. Later, CIAL officials led by C.Dinesh Kumar, General Manager, Operations welcomed the crew. Arkia operates A 321 single aisle aircraft two days in a week. The aircraft departs on Mondays and Fridays at 20:45 hrs LT from Tel Aviv and arrives Kochi at 07:50 LT on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It departs on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 21:45 LT. With the inception of new  direct flight; which  takes  only 6 hrs to Tel Aviv,hundreds  of thousands of  pilgrims  will get a saving  of 20 hrs to various destinations in Israel. Usually they travel en-route Amman in Jordan which includes 12 hrs journey by bus. The increased connectivity comes as Israel recorded 21 % growth with 70,800 Indian tourist arrivals  to the country,  up  almost 21% from 58,700 travellers in 2017. India is  now one of the biggest source markets for Israel

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