Merkel to Be Asked About Stalled Air Travel Deal

During her visit to Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be asked to address the issue of a deadlock between Israeli and German authorities over a new air travel agreement.

Talks between the relevant authorities broke down last month when the Germans refused to give preferred status to Israeli flights at Frankfurt International Airport in return for Israeli permission for German carrier Lufthansa to operate a new flight from Munich to Ben-Gurion International Airport.

"The German authorities have for many years refused to change their operations system in a manner that would allow foreign airlines to compete against their own," an El Al representative said.

Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz and Transport and Road Safety Ministry Director General Gideon Siterman have asked the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry, which are organizing Merkel's visit, to raise the issue with her during her stay.