Ryanair will connect Eilat's Ovda airport to Budapest, Hungary, Kaunas, Lithuania and Krakow, Poland. Ryanair will connect Eilat's Ovda airport to Budapest, Hungary, Kaunas, Lithuania and Krakow, Poland. Ryanair will connect Eilat's Ovda airport to Budapest, Hungary, Kaunas, Lithuania and Krakow, Poland. (Photo: Senohrabek/Shutterstock)

Low-fare airline Ryanair expands service farther afield

The popular European carrier has added a new destination.

For years, people have taken post-college backpacking trips across Europe – you know, the one where you try to hit as many points on the map as possible while keeping costs low. Well, now you can add a new destination to your list: Israel.

Ryanair, the popular low-fare airline that has become an indispensable form of travel for many young Americans trotting through the European continent, announced Tuesday that it would launch three routes in and out of the country starting in November.

The routes will connect Israel's Ovda airport, located in the southern city of Eilat, to Budapest, Hungary; Kaunas, Lithuania; and Krakow, Poland.

Evening lights at Eilat BayRyanair's chief commercial officer said the Israeli coastal city of Eilat is a unique tourist destination. (Photo: israeltourism/Flickr)

Ryanair has long expressed an interest in expanding into Israel, and with the success of another low-fare European airline in the country, EasyJet, it has decided to make the move. Ryanair's prices will be considerably lower than EasyJet's, with one-way tickets starting at about $32.

According to the Irish Times, this is just the beginning of Ryanair's relationship with Israel. The company’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, said that "Eilat is a very unique tourist destination" and added that the airline was continuing to negotiate to increase the number of flights it offers in and out of the Mediterannean country.

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