U.S. tourism to Israel reached an all-time high last year. Statistics released last week show that approximately 620,000 U.S. travelers visited the country in 2015. Israel tourism commissioner for North America Uri Steinberg noted that the number, up more than 3 percent from the prior record-setting year in 2014, means that “more Americans visited Israel in 2015 than in any year since Israel was reborn in 1948.”
To account for the increase in tourism, Delta Air Lines, El Al Israel Airlines and United Airlines are adding new flights from the U.S. to Israel. Delta’s new service flies out five times per week from New York (John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport) beginning in May. El Al’s new service departs from both New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX); and United’s nonstop service from San Francisco (San Francisco International Airport) to Tel Aviv (TLV) launches next April. For more information, visit goisrael.com.