The FINANCIAL — Wizz Air continues its massive expansion in Israel, announcing 4 new low-fare routes from Eilat Ovda to Riga (Latvia) Katowice (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic) and Bucharest (Romania).
Starting winter season 2017, the new low-fare services will bring truly affordable travel opportunities for Israeli passengers to discover these European cities, along with other 18 connections, already available on WIZZ’s low-fare network from Tel Aviv and Eilat. Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com with fares starting from as low as ILS 89/ EUR 19.99.
Today’s announcement is further underlining WIZZ’s commitment to the Israeli market and its continuous expansion since the first WIZZ flight from Tel Aviv in 2012. With the new services to Riga, Katowice, Prague and Bucharest, WIZZ offers now from Eilat Ovda, five low-fare routes to some of the most popular destinations in Central and Eastern Europe. The services, operated during the winter season will establish an important link for trade and business between the countries, boost bi-directional tourism, while travelers can explore the rich history of these cities, enjoy the various cuisines, dazzling architecture and amazing landscapes.
Responding to the growing demand for WIZZ services by Israeli consumers, in 2017 the airline is starting 12 new services from Tel Aviv and Eilat Ovda airports, expanding its low-fare network from Israel to 22 routes in 9 countries across Europe and offering more than 800,000 seats on sale to and from Israel until the end of this year. Since the beginning of 2017, nearly 355,000 passengers have already enjoyed WIZZ’s low fares, easy booking system and excellent on-board service to and from Israel, supporting over 260 indirect jobs in airport operations, transportation, hospitality and tourism industries, according to Wizz Air.
Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said:
“Today we further continue our massive expansion in Israel bringing exciting news for all our Israeli customers, underlining once again Wizz Air’s commitment to the country. We are delighted to announce four more routes to commence this autumn from Eilat Ovda airport to Riga, Katowice, Prague and Bucharest and bring even more truly affordable travel opportunities for Israelis to discover some of the most popular routes to Central and Eastern Europe. With more than 70% seat capacity increase in 2017 across our 22 Israeli routes, we continue to stimulate tourism industry, as well as trade and business links between the countries. The whole WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming our customers on board of one of the youngest fleets in Europe and to continuing to grow our Israeli network throughout Europe.”
Tourism Minister, Yariv Levin said: “I congratulate Wizz Air on their decision to deepen their activities in Israel and open new routes from Europe to Eilat. I am pleased that the collaboration between them and the Israel Tourism Ministry has been further intensified. This is a great vote of confidence in the Israeli tourism product and proof that the Eilat directive, which we initiated to encourage tourism to the resort, is yielding results.
The tourism industry is undergoing a great revolution and the expansion of Wizz Air activities is further proof of the substantial improvement in Israel’s attractiveness as a tourism destination. The new routes will lead to more growth in incoming tourism to Israel and they are part of the exceptional marketing efforts that we are leading. These endeavors have already led to a 25% increase in incoming tourism this year.”