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Ryanair plans to expands its operations in Israel

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Israel has wonderful beaches and very good food. If we can offer reasonable prices then Israel with its weather and beautiful beaches can become a preferred destination. We can bring millions more to Israel. We can grow as fast as the authorities allow us to”

TEL AVIV—The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is planning to expand its operations in Israel, the company’s CEO Michael O’Leary announced while on a visit to the country.

He said, “People are fed up with destinations like the Canary Islands and such places. Israel has wonderful beaches and very good food. If we can offer reasonable prices then Israel with its weather and beautiful beaches can become a preferred destination. We can bring millions more to Israel. We can grow as fast as the authorities allow us to,” O’Leary, who met with Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, said.

Ryanair has already announced the introduction of new routes from Tel Aviv to Athens, Thessaloniki, Sofia, and Bucharest. These four routes will bring to 15 the number of European destinations to which Ryanair flies from Tel Aviv while the low-cost airline also operates 15 routes from Eilat.

The Ryanair CEO asked Levin if Ryanair can set up a base in Israel to expand the numbers of routes it offers. He would also like to offer domestic flights – something which no other foreign airline has ever been allowed to do and asked for more early morning slots out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

Over the past year, some 600,00 Israeli passengers traveled between Israel and Europe using the airline’s services, with 517,000 travelling from European destinations to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. This number represents a 200% increase from the previous year.

 

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