Published on : Friday, December 28, 2018
The German airlines Lufthansa plans to launch four weekly flights to Eilat.
Lufthansa said it would fly from Frankfurt and Munich to the Ovda airport, north of the Red Sea resort town, twice a week, with effect from October 28.
Lufthansa will offer two weekly flights from Frankfurt to Ovda and two from Munich using Airbus A320 aircraft with seating capacity for 168 passengers. The round-trip fare from Frankfurt to Ovda will start at 344 Euros ($400). The fare from Munich round-trip will begin at 331 Euros.
The Lufthansa group’s Israel director, Ofer Kish, said that passengers will be offered the flexibility of flying from Germany to Eilat but returning to Germany from Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Eilat will later be served by the new Ramon International Airport, which is expected to be operational early next year. Since 2015, a number of airlines, mainly low-cost, have been operating direct flights to Ovda, led by Ireland-based Ryanair and WizzAir, the Hungarian carrier.
“The number of [international] flights to the city has increased from four weekly flights to more than 60 weekly flights,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.
The Tourism Ministry has a budget of 30 million shekels ($8.25 million) a year to subsidize flights to Ovda.
International tourist arrivals in Israel reached a record 3.6 million last year, fetching $5.5 billion to the economy.