Israel will continue to subsidize charter flights from Russia to Eilat
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism prolongs for the season 2019-2020 a flight subsidy program to Eilat, the country's most southerly resort on the Red Sea. In the upcoming winter season, Russian flights will be served by the new Ramon Airport, which opened in early 2019.
As part of the flight subsidy program, Israel will refund the amount of 60 Euros for each passenger flight to consolidators, airlines or tour operators that arrange flights to Ramon airport. In certain conditions this amount may be increased to 66 Euros per passenger.
The program will operate from September 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, excluding October 13–20, 2019, and also April 8–15.
According to the Russian representative office of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, the program for participation in the winter campaign is opened. Participants of the Russian market can present their proposals on the organization of transportation to Eilat to the Office before October 15, 2019.
“We invite flight consolidators from Moscow and regions of Russia to apply for participation in the program to subsidize flights to Eilat. It is noted, that since 2019 the operational conditions with our southern resort city have become better. So in January 2019, the new modern airport Ramon was opened, which locates 18 km away from Eilat. It is 3 times closer than the former Uvda airport. An additional advantage is the absence of airport charges for airlines,” commented Ksenia Vorontsova, the marketing director of the Russian department of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
According to the Israeli side, in the past winter season (from September 16, 2018 to May 12, 2019), within the program of subsidizing flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg, totally 153 flights with an average loading 82% were carried out.
Thanks to the subsidized transportation, 24,615 Russians rested during this period at the southern resort of Israel.