Prices for flights to Uman, Ukraine, before Rosh Hashanah are expected to drop this year as a result of an agreement reached by the Civil Aviation Authority with the Ukrainian aviation authorities, according to Antitrust Commissioner Michal Halperin.
Halperin was responding to queries by MK Eitan Cabel, chairman of the Knesset Economics Committee, in light of past experiences in which tickets that normally cost $300 skyrocket to at least $1,000 due to the demand of the approximately 30,000 Israelis who arrive in Uman for Rosh Hashanah.
The event is defined by the Foreign Ministry as the largest event involving Israelis abroad.
While supply and demand has been cited for the price hike, Cabel told the committee that Germany recently fined Lufthansa for a major hike during the December gentile holiday season.
He added, “I will not accept a situation of price fixing and such a dramatic rise in price. I will say that unequivocally, I will continue to monitor and ensure that the prices of flights on the approaching Rosh Hashanah will change for the better, and that there will be real competition.”