Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today a new route from Kosice to Tel Aviv in Israel. The new service will commence on 23 June, with a convenient schedule of two weekly frequencies, on Mondays and Fridays, during the summer season, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the winter season. Passengers planning their holiday to this popular sunny destination, can already book their tickets on wizzair.com from only EUR 34.99*.
Tel Aviv, a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city is a great all-year-round holiday destination, with a sun-bronzed strip of coastline where coffee and culinary innovation are the local trademarks. With a fascinating heritage, the city scenery will surprise visitors with contemporary art galleries, chic lounges, artisan boutiques and blissfully balmy beaches.
Wizz Air started its operations in Slovakia from Kosice in 2013 and since then has continuously invested in its ever-growing network, always looking to bring more low-fare travel opportunities for its customers. In 2015, Kosice airport became the 20th WIZZ base with one based new Airbus A320 aircraft and 42 local crew employees. Wizz Air started operations from Poprad and Bratislava airport in 2014 and 2016, respectively, further expanding its low-fare network from Slovakia.
Responding to the growing demand for WIZZ services by Slovakian consumers, the airline is currently offering a total of 11 low-fare services to 10 destinations in 8 countries from three Slovakian airports, underlining its commitment to offer quality service and truly affordable fares to passengers.
During 2016, Wizz Air had a 25% growth year over year, carrying over 300,000 passengers to and from the three Slovakian airports: Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad, which supported nearly 230 on-site jobs** in aviation and tourism industries throughout the country.
Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ”We are happy to announce a long-awaited route for our Slovakian customers to Tel Aviv, Israel – an all-year-round holiday destination. From 23 June, our business and leisure passengers can discover the fascinating heritage and the sunny coastline of Tel Aviv with WIZZ’s newest service and a convenient schedule of two flights per week and fares from only EUR 34.99*. WIZZ remains committed to the country and we look forward to bringing more positive news in the future.”
Michael Tmej, CEO of Košice International Airport, said: “With opening of new route to Tel Aviv, there is a bunch of tourism opportunities being opened in both ways. Tel Aviv is considered as a year-round holiday destination and thanks to the new connection it will be also much easier for Slovak pilgrims to visit the Holy Land. On the other hand, we believe that Israelian tourists will explore our wonderful region. For students from Israel studying in Košice it will be very easy to travel home more frequently or for their families to visit them here. During summer months, the route Košice – Tel Aviv will be the only scheduled air connection between Slovakia and Israel.”
Richard Raši, the Mayor of Košice, said: “We are thrilled that Wizz Air will fly from its Košice base to another country. Tel Aviv is not only a destination attractive for tourists, but it is also one of the most important technological hubs in the world. Direct flight connection between Košice and Tel Aviv therefore represents an excellent opportunity for Slovak start-ups and community of entrepreneurs.”
Zdenko Trebuľa, president of Košice self-governing region, said: “Our beautiful region and whole Eastern Slovakia has all characteristics of an attractive destination for tourists from Israel – ideal place for relax, sightseeing and entertainment for all age categories. Therefore we are very excited about the new route and we believe it will be successful.”