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Flights to Kiryat Shmona resumed yesterday after a two-month hiatus because of the fighting in the north and Katyusha attacks on the city. The flights were opened to non-Jews as well, after a financial dispute was resolved regarding the installation of an X-ray machine in the new terminal.

Tamir Aviation, which operates two daily flights from Tel Aviv to Kiryat Shmona, initially decided not to resume flights because of a disagreement with the operator of the landing zone and municipality concerning the opening of the new terminal, at a cost of some NIS 20 million. The financial dispute led in June to a policy of permitting only Jewish passengers onboard. Eventually, it was decided to resume flights for everyone from the new passenger terminal, after a new X-ray machine purchased by Tamir Aviation was installed.

The terminal was opened after the director general of the Transportation Ministry, Gideon Siterman, interceded in the matter with Mayor Haim Barbivai.