Wizz Air to launch Tel Aviv – Sibiu, Romania flights

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air will operate a new route from Sibiu in Romania to Tel Aviv. Sibiu will be the sixth city in Romania from which the company will operate a direct route to Israel. The new route will entitle the Hungarian airline to a €500,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism from Israel, says Globes.com.il.

The Ministry of Tourism emphasizes that the number of incoming tourists from Romania grew 70% in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the first quarter of 2017, and 165%, compared with the first quarter of 2016.

Wizz Air already operates direct flights to Israel from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Craiova, and Iasi. There will be two weekly flights on the new route – on Tuesdays and Saturdays – starting on July 14.

Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin believes that Romanian tourism has potential. A survey by the Ministry of Tourism found that a Romanian tourist spends an average of 6.3 nights in Israel and spends $761 during the visit. The survey also shows that 96.5% of tourists from Romania identify themselves as Christians, and a third said that their visit was for pilgrimage purposes. 50% of visitors from Romana are in the 25-34 age bracket, 15.9% are in the 45-54 age group, and 15% are in the 35-44 age group. The most popular places for tourists from Romania to visit are Jerusalem (73.4%), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (70.4%), and the Dead Sea (49.4%). 79,000 tourists visited Israel from Romania in 2017.


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