El Al Protests Turkish Monopoly, Demands Government Help

YERUSHALAYIM -

El Al Airlines has warned the Israeli government that if it does not take action to end a Turkish monopoly on air routes, the country’s flagship carrier could fail, The Times of Israel site reported on Thursday.

Over a month after El Al sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu complaining that Turkey’s refusal to accommodate Israel’s special security requirements has created an effective monopoly of the Israel–Turkey route, CEO Elyezer Shkedy said that nothing has changed.

Turkey operates 112 flights to and from Israel, compared to zero Israeli flights to Turkish destinations.