Arkia diverts Denmark flights to Sweden
An Arkia official says the move is expensive, temporary solution that will solve the specific problem between Denmark and Israel but not the wider conflict over security.
In an escalation of the aviation security dispute between Denmark and Israel, which has led to a suspension of flights to and from Copenhagen by Israeli carriers, Arkia Airlines will use Malmo Airport in neighboring Sweden. Passengers will be bused to and from Copenhagen.
An Arkia official yesterday called the measure an expensive, temporary solution that will solve the specific problem with Denmark but not the wider conflict over security.
Denmark recently refused to allow Israeli security agents to carry out their own security checks on Israeli airline flights from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv. Local airline executives have said they fear the ban could be imposed on Israeli carriers flying from other European destinations and have called for a reexamination of Israeli security needs in European airports.
The Transportation Ministry said the Civil Aviation Authority would not bar Danish carriers from Israeli airports.