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Israeli-Dutch deal to expand air service to and from Amsterdam

Israel and the Netherlands have signed an agreement giving each country the right to designate an additional carrier to fly between Ben-Gurion International Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that both countries will be allowed to operate up to 15 flights per week on that route, which 320,500 passengers flew last year. That number represents a decrease of 16% compared with 2011. Only El Al Israel Airlines and the Dutch airline KLM currently fly the Ben-Gurion-Schiphol route, though Israel’s Arkia and Israir airlines do offer charter service between Israel and the Netherlands, as do Dutch airlines. ‏(Zohar Blumenkrantz‏)

Civil servants on personal contracts press for raise

For the first time in more than 15 years, civil servants who have individual employment contracts with the government rather than being subject to collective labor agreements are pressing to have their pay linked to the inflation index. They have scheduled a demonstration opposite the Civil Service Commission headquarters in Jerusalem today. There are about 8,000 government workers employed on personal contracts, about 11% of the civil service. Among the civil service positions where personal contracts are most common are economists, engineers, immigration inspectors, statisticians and computer programmers. Workers who are part of collective labor agreements negotiated between the government and the Histadrut labor federation received a 2.25% wage increase in January. ‏(Haim Bior‏) 

Former Leumi exec appointed IEC financial adviser

Former Bank Leumi CFO Zeev Nahari is being appointed financial adviser to the financially troubled Israel Electric Corporation. The IEC board approved his appointment Thursday without a public tender, since Nahari has particular expertise in finance. In his new position, Nahari, a 69-year-old member of the Israel Corporation board of directors who left Bank Leumi last year after 43 years with the bank, will have to implement company-wide changes following last year’s discovery of a previously unknown cash flow shortfall of NIS 1.4 billion. He has agreed not to intervene in business contacts between the IEC and either Bank Leumi or the Israel Corporation, which operates a private power plant. ‏(Itai Trilnick‏)