The budget carrier, based in Hungary, Wizz Air has announced that it will operate four weekly flights on a new Tel Aviv-London route starting on June 24.
Wizz Air will use Airbus A320 and A321 planes with 180 and 230 seats on the new route.
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Flights to Luton Airport on the launch date will be £241 including a return flight a week later. Wizz Air’s return fare is down to £177 — £80 below easyJet’s rate.
Prices at peak season, in late August, will begin at NIS 1,200 ($300-£241) for a roundtrip ticket. Additional costs include NIS 217 ($58.3) per passenger for a 23-kilogram suitcase and NIS 20-40 ($5-$10) for choice of seat.
Israeli airline El Al and Monarch also fly from Luton to the Tel Aviv.
British Airways and El Al, also served Tel Aviv from Heathrow.
easyJet and Monarch compete from Manchester to Tel Aviv,
While easyJet also has a route from Gatwick.
In addition Wizz Air also announced two more new routes to Tel Aviv from Varna, Bulgaria, starting in July and from Debrecen, Hungary, starting in March.
One more airline is joining the competition on the London route in April, during the Passover holiday: Arkia Airlines Ltd. The Israeli carrier will begin three weekly flights to Stansted Airport in London.
After the Passover holiday, Arkia’s flights will be discontinued and then renewed from late May until September, the Jewish High Holy Days. Ticket prices will start at $570.
Wizz Air communications manager Sorina Ratz said, “Today’s announcement highlights our commitment to Israel, and we hope that our customers will like the new route we’re launching on the London-Tel Aviv line with its low fare. With four weekly flights, the new and comfortable route will boost tourism and business between the two countries. All customers are invited to order tickets on the new route at NIS 309 ($83) in each direction.”
Wizz Air first began flying to Israel in 2012 with a Budapest-Tel Aviv route. The company now has 14 routes at reduced prices from eight European countries to Tel Aviv and Eilat.