Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will be adding a new route connecting Tel Aviv and Rome to its winter 2017 flight schedule, the company announced on Thursday.
With the addition of daily flights from Rome, Ryanair will be now be flying a total of eight Tel Aviv routes this winter – Baden Baden (twice weekly), Gdansk (twice weekly), Krawkow (twice weekly) and Milan Bergamo (four times weekly), Paphos (daily), Poznan (twice weekly), Rome (daily) and Wroclaw (twice weekly). All in all, the company projected serving some 330,000 customers each year on these 28 weekly flights.
Ryanir is launching the new route to Rome with the support of the Tourism Ministry.
“I am pleased that the collaboration between the Israel Tourism Ministry and the giant airline company Ryanair has intensified,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “Ryanair – which has identified the upward trend in incoming tourism to Israel – has expressed a great vote of confidence in the Israeli tourism product and is continuing to open new routes into Israel.”
Thursday’s announcement follows the company’s decision in May to add two new routes to Eilat’s Ovda Airport for winter 2017, from the German cities of Bremen and Dusseldorf. In addition to the eight destinations serving Tel Aviv, Ryanair will be linking Eilat with 14 European cities by this winter.
Ryanair’s increased presence in Israel “serves as testament to the substantial improvement in Israel’s attractiveness as a tourism destination,” according to Levin.
“This improvement finds its expression in the 28% increase in tourist entries from Italy to Israel, and in the record number of tourists visiting Israel from round the world that we have seen in recent months,” the minister said.
Israeli consumers and visitors to Israel are now also being included in Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” program, which enables travelers to purchase connecting flights and long haul…