I would like to fly from Budapest to Ovda January 7 +/-1 day. The Ryanair direct flight on January 6 is brutal early -- based on my experience going to Israel, two hours prior is tight so we are talking of being at the airport at 4 am at the latest. I am flying to Vancouver less than a week later. Nope. It's the absolute last resort. I would much rather fly to roughly anywhere in Europe (not Tel Aviv at least), sleep and take a flight the next day at a sane hour (10 am earliest) to Ovda.

I found a list of flights to Ovda, but is there a better way than searching all of these separately to find out when they do leave (and then separately find a matching flight from Budapest the day prior which is easy)? Matrix and Azair both just gave up finding nothing. Skyscanner and Google Flights find one (the same) going through Kiev but I'd like to explore options before taking that one especially because it's more than 200 USD.

  • Why not do a transfer at Tel Aviv? I think it should be painless on a through ticket. – JonathanReez Sep 21 '17 at 21:05
  • So far every time I had a domestic flight in Israel I got strip searched. – chx Sep 21 '17 at 21:09
  • Even on a direct airside transit? – JonathanReez Sep 21 '17 at 21:10
  • How? El Al no longer flies to Eilat for years now and neither Arkia nor Israir flies to Budapest. Two stops to Eilat? That won't be cheaper than one stop in Kiev I fear. – chx Sep 21 '17 at 21:12

It took me a few clicks but I've managed to find your flight on Azair. To do so, search for flights from Budapest to Ovda (specify both the departure and return fields to set the date range, even though you're searching for a one-way flight) and sort by Time of Departure:

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Then once you scroll past flights that leave at inconvenient times you will find the flight through Prague:

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You can also back-trace the possible airports with a suitable departure time by doing a reverse search (Ovda to Anywhere) and sorting by time of departure. At the end of the list you'll get the 4 airports with a late flight to Eilat:

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I am keeping my original answer below because there's so much more you can do with Expertflyer -- but there's a better trick for Ovda specifically. You need to get from Ovda to Eilat anyways and so you will go to the https://eilatshuttle.com page because there aren't that many options for doing so. And this company, when you book your shuttle shows all the flights landing in Ovda (or leaving from Ovda if your search from Eilat to Ovda).

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I found that Expertflyer has a Flight Timetables option on the sidebar and it has a "Search By Departure/Arrival City" tab where you can set the arrival city and the date and after search the "Refine search" doesn't actually refine but allows you to edit so you can quickly search all three days (creating a UX like this, that's a paddlin').

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It seems the best (only?) choice is Wizz Air on Thursday from Prague for this winter. And for next winter it'll be something else with Ramon airport -- but Expertflyer will still be valid.

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