El Al resumes flights between Tel Aviv and Budapest
After a forced shutdown of almost three weeks, Israel's national airline El Al will resume flights to Budapest on January 9.
János Váradi, the head of the airline’s representative office in Hungary, said that they are pleased with Israel’s decision to allow its citizens to travel abroad again.
He recalled that previously the airline operated six flights a week between Tel Aviv and Budapest, with a booking rate of over 80 percent. In addition to El Al, there were five other airlines flying between the two countries, and Israeli passengers were overwhelmingly on these flights.
According to Váradi, the resumption will not be easy, as January traditionally has the lowest travel figures and the rapid global spread of Omicron is also discouraging many people from traveling.
This year’s first El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Budapest will arrive on January 9. They will start with three flights per week, with the aim of increasing that to six later on.