Aviation Dispute With Jordan Threatens Flights

A new aviation crisis has emerged between Israel and Jordan: The Israel Civil Aviation Authority is refusing to approve Royal Jordanian Airlines' new winter schedule for its Tel Aviv-Amman route. In response, Jordanian aviation officials are threatening to prevent Israeli airlines from flying the same route.

The dispute has reached the highest political levels in the two countries. Royal Jordanian claims Israel is trying to protect Israeli airlines, which are losing passengers to Royal Jordanian, particularly on the lucrative routes to the Far East.

A new aviation agreement was signed between the countries in August, which does not limit the number of flights, but does limit Royal Jordanian to 1,500 seats a week. The Jordanian airline has 17 scheduled flights a week on the route.

The ICAA declined to comment.