Business in Brief

Nir Keidar

Charter flights leave for Saudi Arabia

The first two charter flights from Israel to Saudi Arabia flew this week as part of a trial program to ease the way for Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca. Under an arrangement with Jordan, the Israel tour operator Milad Aviation arranged for 766 travelers to fly from Ben-Gurion Airport to Amman, and then to Saudi Arabia, through September 26. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)

Mandatory hiring for handicapped

Companies with 100 or more employees will now be required to hire a minimum of physically and mentally handicapped workers under a regulation signed by Economy Minister Naftali Bennett this week. In the first year they will have to ensure 2% of all job openings go to the handicapped and from the second year on 3%. (Haim Bior)