Thrills but no frills as Ryanair eyes Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN JAMES WHIT­WORTH

As trav­ellers wel­comed this week’s news that easyjet plans to ex­tend its bud­get ser­vice to flights be­tween Is­rael and Manch­ester, there were signs that a third low cost air­line would be land­ing at Ben-gu­rion in the near fu­ture.

Ha’aretz’s fi­nan­cial sup­ple­ment re­ported this week that a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive from Ryanair had vis­ited Is­rael just be­fore Pe­sach for a meet­ing with the di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Is­rael Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity.

A Ryanair spokes­woman said it was the com­pany’s pol­icy not to com­ment on spec­u­la­tion.

But if the Ir­ish air­line does de­cide to launch a ser­vice to Is­rael, it would be­come the third car­rier to of­fer nofrills flights from this coun­try and could set off a price war that would ease the cost for Bri­tish trav­ellers.

Easyjet’s an­nounce­ment this week that it was launch­ing a new route be­tween Manch­ester and Tel Aviv to add to its suc­cess­ful Lu­ton-ben Gu­rion flights has sparked a re­sponse from the north of Eng­land-based air­line Jet2. It said this week that it was de­ter­mined to main­tain a ser­vice be­tween Manch­ester and Is­rael.

Easyjet is of­fer­ing flights be­tween the two at a start­ing cost of £82.99 for a oneway ticket. From Novem­ber, the car­rier will of­fer year-round flights to Ben-gu­rion from the north­ern hub air­port.

Both easyjet and Jet2 launched their ser­vices to Is­rael in 2009.

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