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Bargain airline offers Middle East link

LOW-COST carrier easyJet Plc said yesterday that it will open new services from London to Israel and Morocco later this year.

The airline said it will launch services six times a week from Luton Airport, just north of London, to Tel Aviv from November. A twice weekly service from London's Gatwick airport to Agadir, in southern Morocco, will begin in the same month.

EasyJet, which doubled its losses in the first six months of the financial year, is seeking to expand its routes and compete with traditional carriers.

The airline said it was adding a total of 23 routes in 2009, adding services across the Mediterranean and Middle East. It currently flies to 111 airports in 28 countries.

"Israel seemed the next logical step as part of that expansion," said easyJet spokeswoman Samantha Day. "It'll introduce a whole new market. It makes Israel more accessible to a whole new range of travelers."

One-way fares to Tel Aviv will be priced from about 72 pounds (US$115.95), one-way fares to Agadir will cost from about 35 pounds.


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