Delta launches Tel Aviv, Atlanta flight

Delta Air Lines will begin daily flights between Tel Aviv and Atlanta on Tuesday, Delta’s executive Vice President Glen Hauenstein told Dow Jones newswire on Sunday. The new flight, aboard Boeing 777 widebody aircraft, is expected to add 104,000 fliers a year to the Atlanta-Tel Aviv route.

It is the first time the airline has offered nonstop service between the cities.

“This flight will connect Israel to destinations across the U.S. and South America,” Israeli Tourism Minister Avraham Hirchson said. “This is a breaking point for tourism in Israel.”

Hauenstein said the new flight will bring travel options for businesses and leisure passengers from Israel, because of the hundreds of connections they can make in Atlanta.