Low-cost carrier Ryanair says it will resume flights to and from Israel on June 3

Sharon Wrobel is a tech reporter for The Times of Israel.

A Ryanair plane at Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv. March 2, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/ Flash90)
A Ryanair plane at Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv. March 2, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/ Flash90)

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair says it will resume flights to and from Israel on June 3, following Ben Gurion International Airport’s decision to re-open Terminal 1, which is mainly used by low-cost airlines.

“It is great news that Ben Gurion Airport is re-opening Terminal 1, which has enabled Ryanair to resume our Tel Aviv operations with weekly flights to and from Cyprus, Germany, Greece and Italy,” a Ryanair spokesman says.

Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers announces that from June 3 it will operate 40 flights per week from Athens, Bari, Berlin, Budapest, Malta, Milan and Paphos to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

At the end of March, Israel’s Transportation Ministry announced plans to re-open Terminal 1 from June 1, after its closure as the war broke out with the shock Hamas-led October 7 onslaught in southern Israel and almost all major international airlines suspended flights to Tel Aviv.

Ryanair on February 27 re-suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv, a month after it resumed its operations in Israel with a reduced schedule. The low-cost carrier said that the closure of Terminal 1, which is mainly used by charter and budget airlines as well as for domestic air traffic, had forced it to use Terminal 3, which charges higher fees.

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