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There has been a 40 percent increase in direct air travel from Moscow to Tel
Aviv compared to last year and a 60% rise in direct travel from Moscow to Eilat,
Israir reported on Tuesday.
The reason for the increase, according to
Israir, is the summery weather conditions experienced in Israel this
“At Israir we see a significant rise in incoming tourism from
Moscow to Tel Aviv. We predict that the number of nightly stays in Tel Aviv
hotels by Russian tourists will reach 320,000 compared to 230,000 last year. The
sharp rise in hotel stays indicates an increase of 40% in incoming tourists from
Moscow to Tel Aviv,” said Dori Shoshan, Israir’s deputy director general in
charge of marketing.
“Since October we have also seen a 60% increase in
tourists coming from Moscow to Eilat. There is a range of reasons for the
increase, but it seems like the main reason is the weather. The weather in
Moscow is cold, very cold, ranging from 7º-3º below zero [Centigrade] in the
past few weeks. The weather in Israel, which reaches 28º-30º during the day, is
ideal for tourists arriving from cold countries. We anticipate that the
trend will continue.”
Israir operates four weekly flights between Moscow
and Tel Aviv and two weekly flights between Moscow and Eilat.
Aviation Authority figures show that there has been a total increase of 10.45%
in international flights to and from Israel compared to last November, with a
total of 811,175 passengers arriving at and leaving from Ben-Gurion
On domestic flights 68,399 passengers passed through Ben-Gurion
Airport this month, compared with 42,817 in November 2009, an increase of
59.79%, according to the IAA’s monthly aviation summary.
The report also
stated that the main destination for and origin of flights was Paris’s Charles
de Gaulle Airport, with a total of 55,137 passengers, an increase of 7.68%
compared to the previous November.
The country with the highest volume of
activity, according to the report, was the United States, with 122,811
passengers, constituting 15.13% of all activity.
Of the leading
countries, the highest growth relative to last November was recorded in
passenger traffic to and from Ukraine, Bulgaria and Russia.