Opening Karni Would Cost NIS 120 Million

Opening the Karni Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip 24 hours a day would cost NIS 120 million, according to Yoram Shapira, deputy director general in charge of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) border crossings.

It was announced yesterday that Maman had won a tender to operate the crossing.

In an interview with the CAA's internal journal, Shapira said there are four ways to enable the crossing, which was closed for 50 days at the outset of the year due to security alerts, to operate 24 hours a day.

The first way is to add another work shift. At the moment, the crossing is open from 8:00 A.M. until 23:00 P.M. Adding another shift until 8:00 A.M. would increase output by 30 percent. Adding a third shift would cost NIS 18 million per year.

The other three ways are changing work methods to shorten procedures, investigating the possibility of changing security procedures, or using new technologies and introducing new procedures accordingly. All of this would entail an investment of NIS 120 million.