Türkiye, Israel to expand mutual flights in 1st aviation deal since 1951

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Thu, 7 Jul 2022 9:39 GMT
Israel and Türkiye will expand bilateral airline traffic under a new aviation deal to be signed on Thursday (today), their first since 1951, Israel’s Transportation Ministry said. “The agreement is expected to result in the resumption of flights by Israel...
Türkiye, Israel to expand mutual flights in 1st aviation deal since 1951

Israel and Türkiye will expand bilateral airline traffic under a new aviation deal to be signed on Thursday (today), their first since 1951, Israel’s Transportation Ministry said.

“The agreement is expected to result in the resumption of flights by Israeli companies to a variety of destinations in Türkiye, alongside flights by Turkish companies to Israel,” it said in a statement.

The decision comes after a meeting between transport ministers of the two countries a few months ago.

Aviation relations are a strategic tool for Israel’s economic development and of particular importance toward Israel's regional position,” Israeli Transport Minister Merav Michaeli said.

The agreement comes as Türkiye and Israel have recently been trying to turn a new page, working to restore diplomatic ties that have been strained for more than a decade.

The new period was marked by the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his meeting with Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara in March.

The countries withdrew their respective ambassadors in 2010 after Israeli forces stormed a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians that broke an Israeli blockade. The incident resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish activists.

Relations broke down again in 2018 when Turkey, angered by the United States moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, once more recalled its ambassador, prompting Israel to respond in kind.

The two countries have begun work on restoring their mutual diplomatic representation to the ambassador level, Türkiye’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said last month.

Israel will reopen its economic and trade office in Türkiye, its economy minister said Tuesday.

“The reopening of the economic attache reflects Israel’s commitment to deepening economic ties with Türkiye,” Economy Minister Orna Barbivai said.

The move will help more than 1,500 Israeli companies that are currently exporting to Türkiye.

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