Welcome back to another travel series. Part 4 here shows highlights of my flight from Tel Aviv to Larnaca.
Having spent a couple days in Tel Aviv, I decided to take a short hop over to Cyprus. Flights between the two nations were around $100USD round trip and since I was close enough, I added it to my itinerary.
I arrived about 4 hours early as it was the Sabbath but also to account for any extra security I may have encountered.
Security was tough as one would expect, but soon after everything ran smooth.
This regional terminal contrasts to that of the larger one which I had arrived in. Most passengers tonight were all flying on Easyjet. Amenities are also limited in this terminal with only two options for food, the best being Mcdonalds. There wasn't much spotting that could have been done as all aircraft were parked at remote gates.
El Al operated our flight from a remote gate which required a bus. We took a 5 minute ride over to the maintenance area where our aircraft waited.
Our aircraft 4X-EKP.
Aircraft: Boeing 737-8Q8
Age: 18.7 years
Layout: C16 Y138
El Al's brand new Boeing 788 was parked across the tarmac.
To my surprise the cabin was pretty modern. The seats were comfortable however, the pitch was rather tight. Once everyone was on board, the overbearing blue mood lights illuminated the cabin for the duration of the flight.
Our taxi took about 15 minutes to the active.
Flying over Jaffa and onto the Mediterranean.
Though the flight was short, the crew made sure to hand out a bottle water and nuts.
About 30 minutes in, descent began and Larnaca could be spotted and we made a left base for the active.
The airport seemed rather quiet as the only other aircraft was an Easyjet A320N.
A320N preparing for departure back to the UK.
LCA airport was rather quiet at this time so lines at customs were short.
Once landslide, I got a local taxi to downtown Larnaca.
Our flight route, sourced from Flightradar24.
El Al was a pleasant experience. The flight was quite short but the crew were amazing. Its an airline I do intend to fly on in the future.