With low-cost carriers rushing to take advantage of the active Israeli travel market, flight prices have fallen considerably for flights to and from Europe. Now, the same process is beginning on flights to and from the U.S., the most popular destination for Israelis — with one carrier offering seats during the busy summer season for as little as $550 round-trip. Prices in the off-season could go down to $500 round trip or even lower, the carrier said.
Those seats will be on WOW Air, an Icelandic low-cost carrier that beginning in June will run four weekly round-trip flights between Tel Aviv and Reykjavík, and from there flights will connect to various destinations in the U.S. and Canada. The total cost for flights will be $260 to $280 one-way. Destinations include New York, Miami, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal and Washington, D.C.
Commenting on the entry of WOW into the Israeli market, Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said there was a direct connection between the entry of new carriers into the market and the lower cost of flying. “I am determined to continue and develop travel agreements and bring new companies to Israel to further reduce costs.”
On Sunday, the first flight of Cathay Pacific Airways is set to land in Ben Gurion airport, carrying passengers to and from Hong Kong. Katz said that the new line will reduce the cost of travel to and from that destination by 10 percent to 15 percent in the first stage, similar to the reduction in costs for flights to China ever since the entry of Hainan Airlines to the Israeli market several months ago.