Ryanair opens flights to Israel

IRISH low-cost airline Ryanair launched a new route from Bratislava to Eilat Ovda in Israel on February 17.

Ryanair plane, illustrative stock photoRyanair plane, illustrative stock photo (Source: SME)

The new route is part of its winter 2016 schedule. Apart from this, the airline also added three new winter services to Brussels, Edinburgh and Manchester, which should deliver 1.2 million customers per year and support 900 on-site jobs at Bratislava airport.

“We are pleased to welcome the new Bratislava – Israel route for our passengers,” said Bratislava airport’s CEO Ivan Trhlík, as quoted in the press release. “Thanks to cooperation with Ryanair we expect an increase in passenger numbers in 2016 as well as in 2017 and we expect a total of 1.8 million handled passengers. We forecast to reach 2 million passengers in 2017.”

Passengers can now choose from 13 routes from Bratislava in winter 2016. Ryanair also plans to continue its “Always Getting Better” programme, which includes more new routes, a new app, new cabin interiors and new crew uniforms, said Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien.

Ryanair also announced it will base a second aircraft in Bratislava from March 2017, as it invests another $100 million, further underlining its commitment to expanding Slovak tourism, traffic and jobs. 

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