אוריין תטיס ציוד רפואי לארץ משנגחאי
El Al plane loading medical supplies
El Al plane loading medical supplies

EU ratifies 'open skies' agreement with Israel

The deal, initially agreed upon back in 2013, was approved by the European Parliament and allows any EU and Israel airlines to fly between any point in EU and Israel

Itamar Eichner , Itay Blumenthal |
Published: 06.18.20 , 11:36
The European Union on Thursday finally ratified the "open skies" deal with Israel, initially agreed upon seven years ago.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • The two signed a memorandum of understanding on an open skies agreement back in 2013, which has resulted in ticket prices for passenger flights between EU and Israel being significantly reduced.
    אוריין תטיס ציוד רפואי לארץ משנגחאיאוריין תטיס ציוד רפואי לארץ משנגחאי
    El Al plane loading medical supplies
    The agreement allows any airline of the EU and any airline of Israel to fly between any point in the EU and any point in Israel.
    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi praised the approval of the deal by the European Parliament and all its member states.
    "Approval of the agreement is an important expression of the relationship between Israel and Europe, especially now that the State of Israel is facing an economic crisis following the coronavirus outbreak.”
    פיילוט חזרה לשגרה בנתב"גפיילוט חזרה לשגרה בנתב"ג
    Ben Gurion Airport prepares for reopening
    (Photo: Motti Kimchi )
    Ashkenazi thanked Israel's Ambassador to the European Union Roni Lashano-Ya'ar and the Foreign Ministry "for the professional and fundamental work that led to this important achievement." 
    While non-Israelis are currently banned from entering the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier announced the tourism industry will be gradually reopening starting August 1.
    i24NEWS contributed to this report
    Talkbacks for this article 0