Ben Gurion airport 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israelis will be able to fly directly to Stockholm when Norwegian Air Shuttle
opens a direct weekly flight in June.
The route will be open from June
26- October 23, 2011, and will save Israeli travelers the hassle of changing
flights in Europe.
Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov (Israel Beiteinu)
said Tuesday that “bringing tourists back from countries that deserted Israel
since the [second] intifada, such as Scandinavia, is an important platform in
the Tourism Ministry’s activities in the near future.”
are three weekly scheduled flights from Tel Aviv to Denmark and seasonal flights
to Norway, but direct flights from Sweden stopped operating following the
outbreak of violence in 2000.
In 2010, Israel hosted around 72,000
tourists from Scandinavia, a 17 percent rise over 2009, according to the Tourism
The minister added that about 20,500 Scandinavian tourists
visited Israel in the first quarter of 2011, a 6% rise over the same period in
2010. In a statement issued on Tuesday the ministry said they expect this trend
to continue and “put Scandinavia once again on Israel’s incoming tourist map,
with an estimated 25% increase in traffic from these countries over the next
The ministry has succeeded “in expanding demand, seat capacity and
the marketing infrastructure to bring back the Scandinavian tourist’s trust,”
Meseznikov said in Tuesday’s statement.
“In the coming year, the Tourism
Ministry will continue with its intensive marketing activities designed to bring
back the tourists to Israel from the Scandinavian countries.”