EU and Israel reach comprehensive aviation deal26 March 2012
The European Union (EU) announced last week that it has finalized negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement with Israel.
Following eight rounds of negotiations since December 2008, the two sides have agreed to develop a common aviation area between Israel and the EU based on common rules. According to the agreement, all EU airlines will be able to operate direct flights to Israel from anywhere in the EU and Israeli carriers will be able to operate flights to airports throughout the EU.
The EUâ€“Israel air transport market will be opened gradually so that by the start of the summer season in 2017, the market will be fully open with no restrictions on the number of weekly flights between Israel and the EU.