13 JULY 2015
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Ryanair has announced its first flights to Israel with three new routes to Ovda Airport. The new operation would appear to be in keeping with the Ryanair policy of seeking less popular airports more than keen to welcome the Irish airline.
Ovda, which is also a military base, is about 40 miles from the popular Red Sea resort of Eilat, itself with its own airport literally in the middle of the town. The other problem with Eilat Airport is a runway length of just 1900m, which with very high temperatures from time to time makes it unsuitable for A320/Boeing 737 operations from Europe.
Commencing in November Ryanair’s Israeli operations will deliver Budapest (2 x weekly), Kaunas (2 x weekly) and Krakow (2 x weekly), making a marker with a single aircraft.
Ryanair customers can now enjoy allocated seating, a free second carry-on bag, reduced fees, an improved website and app with mobile boarding passes, and Ryanair’s Family Extra and Business Plus services. The airline hopes to move 40,000 passengers in the first year. www.ryanair.com www.redseaeilat.com
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