Israeli Flights to Turkey to Resume

YERUSHALAYIM -

After an interval of more than 5 years, Israel will renew regular flights to Turkey, ending a dispute over security arrangements at the airports in which Israeli planes landed, Globes reported on Wednesday.

Turkey’s refusal to accommodate the security needs of Israeli carriers has been costly, and recently the outgoing El Al CEO Eliezer Shakedy warned that if the government did not intervene, that could destroy the airline’s financial viability.

Civil Aviation Authority Director General Giora Romm and his Turkish counterpart Bilal Eksi signed the agreement in Ankara on Tuesday, following months of discussions.

Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz said, “This is important news for the Israeli airlines that, until now, have been unable to land in Turkey due to security problems, and can now compete on equal terms with the Turkish airlines.”

The Turkish authorities have agreed to the Israeli security demands, officials said.

Flights to Turkey should resume by the summer of 2014.