Israel, Philippines sign aviation deal

New agreement to allow operation of direct flights between two countries for first time. 'This is good news for Israelis and thousands of Philippine residents working in Israel,' says Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz

Israel and the Republic of the Philippines have signed a new aviation agreement allowing the operation of direct flights between the two countries for the very first time, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said last week.


The Philippines is in the headlines these days following the typhoon which has claimed the lives of thousands of people. Last week, Israel's Transportation Ministry signed an agreement which also allows Israeli airlines to market seats on indirect flights from Israel to all destinations in the Philippines through code share agreements with Philippine airlines or airlines from a third country.


The agreement was signed in Israel between Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director Giora Romm and his Philippine counterpart. It replaces the previous aviation deal signed between the two countries in 1951.


The population of the Philippines currently numbers some 100 million people. The absolute majority are Christian Catholics with a clear tourism attraction to the Holy Land.


The CAA director estimated that the aviation agreement would lead to a rise in passenger traffic between Israel and the Philippines in the future and realize the huge potential of pilgrim tourism from the Philippines to Israel.


Minister Katz noted that the operation of regular flights between Israel and the Philippines was being carried out as part of the implementation of the liberalization process in the aviation industry, which led to a significant increase in the number of flights.


"The new agreement comes as good news for Israelis and for the thousands of Philippine residents working in Israel, who will soon be able to take a direct flight from Israel to their country," Katz added.



פרסום ראשון: 11.18.13, 10:33
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