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Philippine Airlines Airbus A350-941 at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Feb. 22, 2020

Philippine Airlines has announced plans to launch the first direct non-stop route to Israel this coming April, flying over Saudi Arabia to shorten the duration of the flight to 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Flights will depart twice a week in the late evening from the country’s capital city of Manila.

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According to Ynet, the airline has already begun selling tickets for the new route.

Round-trip fares will cost around $920, according to the report.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.