With the government expected to approve an agreement to increase flights and flight destinations between Israel and Europe, local airlines complain of unfair competition and politicians promise benefits.
Zohar Blumenkrantz is the aviation correspondent for Haaretz Newspaper.
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Turkish airline and charter companies have ramped up their number of flights to and from Israel and are preparing to expand service to resort destinations.
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Before relations between the two countries soured following Israel’s Operation Cast Lead military incursion into the Gaza Strip in late 2008 and early 2009, and particularly the 2010 naval raid in which nine Turkish passengers died, Turkey was a favorite vacation destination for Israelis.
All told, about a million people on 6,500 flights are expected to pass through the airport before and during the holiday that gets underway Monday evening, 3% more than last year.