Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced new Israel routes today. Ryanair will operate 19 routes from Israel - 12 routes from Ovda near Eilat and 7 routes from Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.
Ryanair already operates flights from Ovda Airport to four European destinations - Krakow (Poland), Kaunus (Lithuania), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Budapest (Hungary). The eight new routes to be introduced will be to Brussels (Belgium), Milan (Italy), Berlin, Frankfurt and Baden-Baden (Germany), and Gdansk, Warsaw and Poznan (Poland).
Ryanair has already said it will launch flights from Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport) to Paphos (Cyprus) from March 28 starting at €21.99 - one way. The new routes from Ben Gurion Airport are to Milan (Italy), Baden-Baden (Germany) and Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow (Poland).
Ryanair promises that flights to European destinations further afield will start from €40. This will introduce intense competition in air fares that israel has not known before.
In a joint press conference with Israeli Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, Ryanair chief commercial officer David O'Brien said, "We are working with Israel's Tourism Ministry to establish Eilat as a viable alternative to competing sunshine destinations in Europe."
The new routes start operating in November 2017.
To mark the launch of the Israel winter 2017 schedule, Ryanair is releasing seats for sale from Tel Aviv and Ovda from just €20, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday, February 2.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 1, 2017
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