Tourism: Turkish airline courts Israelis with cheap flights

24 April, 11:55

(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, APRIL 24 - The recent drop in the number of Israeli tourists traveling to Turkey and the ongoing diplomatic rift between the two countries has not stopped Turkey's Pegasus Airlines from announcing Tel Aviv as its newest destination. As Turkish dailies reported quoting Israel Travel website, the low-cost air carrier is set to launch its Istanbul-Tel Aviv route on June 18. Tickets, which have already gone on sale, are to start at 69.99 USD one way, including taxes and fees. The airline is to operate six weekly flights each way.

Travelers wishing to continue to destinations beyond Istanbul are given the option to purchase the additional flight for a moderate fee. Despite the fact that ties between the two countries reached a historic low following an Israeli army raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound maritime flotilla in May 2010, and the subsequent expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, Turkey continued to woo Israelis at the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Tel Aviv earlier this year.