Israel

Israel

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results therefore no data from 2020 is available on the interactive chart below. Interviewing initially began at UK airports at the start of 2021, though the IPS remained suspended at some sea ports and train stations during the year. Data for 2021 and 2022 is also excluded below as there were no interviews at Eurotunnel until July 2022 and data from Dover was only collected from Q3 2021.

Read more about 2020 inbound data2021 inbound data, 2022 quarterly data as well as the latest monthly data for 2022.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)8.2
Global rank for international tourism expenditure40
Number of outbound visits (m)9.0
Most visited destinationPoland
Most visited destination in Western EuropeFrance

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2021
Population (m)8.8
GDP per capita PPP (US$)42,027
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)3.6
Annual GDP growth (%)7.9

Inbound visits to Britain from Israel

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Access to Britain from Israel

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures65
Weekly seat capacity13,989
Airports with direct routes in Israel2
Airports with direct routes in Britain5
  • Out of the 7 airlines that operate the Israel to Britain route, El Al served the most departing seats
  • Since 2009, there has been a 28% increase in weekly seat capacity from Israel to Britain
  • In 2019, the highest share of departing seats came from the Tel Aviv to London Heathrow route, with a 53% share
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 64% reduction in direct seat capacity from Israel to the UK in 2020, and 2021 was 63% behind pre-COVID levels 
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for Israel is £84

 

2019 data (including seasonal flights from Ovda)