Ryanair announced on Friday a new summer route from Paphos to Tel Aviv, with a daily service beginning in March.
The announcement was welcomed by the Paphos tourism board (Etap) that said that this was the result of “years of efforts”.
The daily flights between Paphos and Israel will commence on March 28 until October, Etap said, with the prospect of the continuation of flights on a year-round basis.
“This development comes as a Christmas present for Paphos and Cyprus in general as Ryanair’s decision is expected to give a significant boost to the economy – real-estate, tourism, etc – and further development of various segments of tourism such short breaks, wedding tourism, sports tourism etc.,” Etap said in an announcement.
It is in everyone’s hands, it said, to contribute not only to ensure the success of the new service but to also further develop the air links with Israel on a year-round basis.
The new daily service, it said, is encouraging as regards the increase of visitors from Israel.
It added that the Israeli market this year showed a 50 per cent increase compared with 2015 as between January and November there were 141,000 arrivals from Israel.
Ryanair, announced that to celebrate its new Paphos to Tel Aviv route released seats for sale from €28.99 for travel in April and May. These low fare seats are available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until December 26, midnight.