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Israel and EU sign open skies agreement

11-Jun-2013 10:20 AM

Israel signed (10-Jun-2013) a comprehensive air transport agreement with the EU which will gradually open up and integrate the aviation markets in Israel and the EU. European Commission VP for mobility and transport Siim Kallas said, "Israel is a key partner for the EU and today's agreement is very important for further strengthening the overall economic, trade and tourism relations between Israel and the EU. We expect to see more direct flights to and from Israel, lower prices, more jobs and economic benefits on both sides". Under the agreement all EU airlines will be able to operate direct serviced to Israel from anywhere in the EU while Israeli carriers will be able to operate services to destinations throughout the EU. The Israel-EU transport market will be gradually opened over the next five years, with the market to be fully open with no restrictions on the number of flights by 2018. [more - original PR]