A direct flight from Ben Gurion Airport to the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh was inaugurated this week, just in time for Passover, when the people of Israel celebrate their Exodus from Egypt. The Israeli airline Sundor, which belongs to El Al, plans to offer up to three flights a week due to high demand. Tickets for the first flight yesterday sold out after just an hour, the airline reported.
Early this week thousands of Israelis also flocked south by land to cross the border at Taba. They waited for hours at the border crossing for the opportunity to return to the land of the pharaohs and celebrate Passover there.
Of course, Egypt is just one of many destinations for Israeli tourists during this holiday season. Ben Gurion Airport was the busiest it had been since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. No fewer than 75,000 Israelis waited at check-in counters on Sunday to fly abroad.
Enjoy these photos of the Exodus from Israel: