Photo Credit: Hana L Julian
Ben Gurion International Airport, Terminal 3

Hungarian airline Wizz Air, together with the Israel Tourism Ministry, announced today (May 7) a new route from Sibiu, Romania to Tel Aviv. The airline is expected to receive a one-time grant from the Tourism Ministry of €500,000. The new route, which will commence on 14 July with two weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is the sixth direct WIZZ route from Romania into Israel.

In 2015, 43,200 tourists arrived in Israel from Romania; in 2016, 48,800 arrived and in 2017, the number of incoming tourists from Romania climbed to 78,900. The upward momentum has continued into the first quarter of 2018, with an increase of 70 percent in the same period in 2017 and 165 percent in the period Jan-March 2018.

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The Tourism Ministry Inbound Tourism Survey shows that the Romanian tourist stays in Israel for an average of 6.3 nights and spends about $761 during the visit. The survey also found that 96.5 percent of Romanian tourists identify as Christians, and one-third of all tourists from Romania defined the purpose of their visit as a pilgrimage. About 50 percent of visitors from Romania are aged 25-34, 15.9 percent are 45-54 years old, and 15 percent are aged 35-44. The most popular places for Romanian tourists to visit tourists are Jerusalem (73.4 percent), Tel Aviv-Yafo (70.4 percent) and the Dead Sea (49.4 percent).

WIZZ Airline was established in 2003, and is one of the leading low-cost carriers in Central and Eastern Europe, with more than 600 routes from 28 bases and connecting 141 destinations across 44 countries.

“As the leading low cost carrier in Israel, we are committed to our passengers, always looking to further expanding our network and bringing the lowest fares possible,” said Sorina Ratz, Acting Head of Corporate Communications at Wizz Air.

“Today, we are announcing a new European service from Tel Aviv to Sibiu, in Romania, offering in total 19 routes to 10 countries from Israel. WIZZ’s mission has always been to make air travel affordable for more people than ever before and, with that, we bring more travelers and stimulate the aviation and tourism industries of the communities we serve.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.