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Hungarian airline Wizz Air, together with the Israel Tourism Ministry, announced on Monday a new route from Sibiu, Romania to Tel Aviv. The airline is expected to receive a one-time grant from the Tourism Ministry of €500,000.

The new route, which will commence on 14 July with two weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is the sixth direct Wizz route from Romania into Israel.

In 2017, 78,900 tourists arrived in Israel from Romania, compared to 43,200 in 2015. The upward momentum has continued into the first quarter of 2018, with increases of 70% on the same period in 2017 and 165% on Jan-March 2016.

The Tourism Ministry's Inbound Tourism Survey shows that the Romanian tourist stays in Israel for an average of 6.3 nights and spends about $761 during the visit. The survey also found that 96.5% of Romanian tourists identify as Christians, and one-third of all tourists from Romania defined the purpose of their visit as a pilgrimage.

Approximately 50% of visitors from Romania are aged 25-34, 15.9% are 45-54 years old, and 15% are aged 35-44. The most popular places for Romanian tourists to visit tourists are Jerusalem (73.4%), Tel Aviv-Yafo (70.4%) and the Dead Sea (49.4%).

In their announcement, Wizz noted that since its establishment in 2003, the airline has become the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, offering more than 600 routes from 28 bases and connecting 141 destinations across 44 countries.

Wizz Air Acting Head of Corporate Communications Sorina Ratz said, “As the leading low cost carrier in Israel, we are committed to our passengers, always looking to further expanding our network and bringing the lowest fares possible.”

“Today, we are announcing a new European service from Tel Aviv to Sibiu, in Romania, offering in total 19 routes to 10 countries from Israel. Wizz's mission has always been to make air travel affordable for more people than ever before and, with that, we bring more travelers and stimulate the aviation and tourism industries of the communities we serve.”