Ryanair is examining possibilities to start commercial routes in to Israel as soon as next year, according to reports.
The Irish airline, which has become one of the largest carriers in Europe, has held meeting with Israeli airport officials as recently as last week over such a possibility.
‘The carrier has recently claimed it could service 40 routes from Israel and fly 2.2 million passengers a year to and from the country. It reckons its business would provide a €480 million-a-year boost to the Israeli economy.
Such an agreement would basically allow Ryanair to fly to and from Israel to any country in Europe and operate flights within Israel. More so, it would give the company full freedom in setting up its flight schedule.’
Israel’s Civil Aviation authorities are worried that the national carrier El Al would take a beating. Ryanair has suggested it could accept a three years agreement guaranteeing it won’t fly to the same European airports as El Al.