Ryanair Deputy CEO and COO Michael Cawley didn’t downplay the impact his airline could have on Israeli tourism in a meeting with Israeli officials Wednesday.
“We’ll bring 4-5 million tourists a year to Israel. Ryanair has boosted the number of tourists in 28 countries in Europe and the world, and we intend to this in Israel too,” Globes quoted Cawley as telling Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau and Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz.
Landau told the Ryanair reps that he supported the entry of major low-cost carriers like Ryanair to Israel. “I will do everything I can to promote this. Low-cost carriers will make Israel much more accessible for Europeans, and will greatly increase the number of incoming tourists from Europe and the world,” he said, according to Globes.
The estimate would more than double the 3.5 million tourists who visited Israel in 2012.