The scenario of the most active airlines in Israel has undergone a new change. According to data reported by the Israeli airport Authority and taken from the economic newspaper Globes, after El Al – national flag carrier – ranked first with 370,000 passengers equal to 28% of all passengers in transit (slightly down compared to January 2017) , the second place belongs to the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air, which transported 74,500 passengers, 90% compared to January 2017, becoming the main foreign airline in Israel,.
In the third place, another low-cost airline, the British easyJet, with 73,000 passengers, 29% more than in January 2017.
Turkish Airlines saw the number of passengers increase by 37% in January 2018 with 69,000 passengers, thus earning the fourth place. Russian airline Aeroflot completes the Top 5.
Like Turkish Airlines, many of Aeroflot’s passengers are only in transit to various destinations around the world.
Passenger traffic at Ben Gurion airport continued to grow again in January, with 1.3 million passengers, 15% more than in January 2017, of which 1.16 million passengers through Terminal 3 and 133,000 passengers through the Terminal 1 (from where low-cost airlines fly).
The United States remained the main destination, followed by Turkey, with a 40% increase in the number of passengers. Once again, most of the Israeli passengers flying to Turkey were in transit on one of the three Turkish airlines operating flights from Israel: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus and AtlasGlobal.
The third main destination for passengers from Israel in January was Germany, followed by France and Italy. Other destinations with a large increase in passengers include Poland (due to the expanded activity of LOT Polish Airlines, among other things), Cyprus, Hungary and China (with direct flights to and from the main Asian airports increasingly frequent ), from which passenger traffic increased by 43%.
From the point of view of the airports of destination for passengers coming from Israel, first place is Istanbul Ataturk Airport, followed by Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Seheremetievo in Moscow and Kennedy in New York.