Ryanair to Resume Tel Aviv Services in June

A view across a Ryanair 737 wing at sunset.
Bene Riobó, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport is experiencing a welcome return of airlines, with Ryanair now also announcing flight resumptions.

Major low-cost carrier Ryanair announced the restoration of Tel Aviv flights starting June 3rd, 2024. This follows the reopening of Ben Gurion airport’s Terminal 1, catering specifically to low-cost carriers like Ryanair.

Return of Tel Aviv Services

The Irish airline will offer 40 flights per week, connecting Tel Aviv with popular European destinations like Athens, Bari, Berlin, Budapest, Malta, Milan, and Paphos. Bookings are now open on Ryanair’s website.

“We’re thrilled about the reopening of Terminal 1 at Ben Gurion Airport,” said a Ryanair spokesperson.

“This allows us to resume service to Tel Aviv, offering 40 weekly flights to key markets across Europe. Bookings are open now, so travelers can look forward to exploring exciting destinations at affordable prices.”

Interior of Ben Gurion Airport terminal, Tel Aviv
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Progressive Return of Commercial Airlines

Ryanair isn’t the only airline taking advantage of Ben Gurion’s Terminal 1 reopening. The Tel Aviv skies are seeing a wave of returning carriers, signaling a broader recovery in air travel to the region.

In December 2023, the Lufthansa Group, which includes Lufthansa, Swiss, and Austrian Airlines, received security clearance and resumed flights to Tel Aviv in January 2024.

More recently, Brussels Airlines joined the group, commencing operations on March 24th, 2024, with three weekly flights.

This progressive return of airlines reflects a stabilizing security situation and growing passenger demand. With more choices becoming available, travelers can expect increased competition and potentially lower fares on routes to and from Tel Aviv.

Close-up of Ryanair 737 wingtip.
Photo Credit: Ryanair.

Security and Risk Management

The decision by airlines to resume flights to Israel isn’t taken lightly. Security remains a prime concern, and airlines prioritize robust risk management strategies.

Here’s a closer look at some key areas airlines likely address:

  • Close Collaboration with Israeli Authorities: Airlines maintain close communication and information sharing with Israeli aviation security officials. This ensures airlines are updated on the latest security threats and protocols in place at Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Enhanced Security Measures: Airlines might implement additional security measures on flights to Tel Aviv. This could include stricter passenger screening procedures, increased in-flight security presence, and even adjustments to flight paths to avoid potential security risks.
  • Rigorous Crew Training: Flight crews are likely to undergo specialized training related to security procedures specific to the airport. This training could cover emergency response protocols, threat identification, and communication with Israeli authorities.
  • Continuous Risk Assessment: The security situation in any region is constantly evolving. Airlines likely conduct ongoing risk assessments to evaluate potential threats and adjust their security protocols accordingly.

By prioritizing these measures, airlines aim to ensure the safety of passengers and crew while facilitating a smooth return to Tel Aviv operations.


Ryanair’s return is a further positive sign for Tel Aviv’s aviation industry, indicating a steady restoration of confidence in the destination.

Passengers looking for budget-friendly travel options to and from Tel Aviv will have more choices come June.

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