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Israel: to sign or not to sign an aviation “open skies” agreement with EU


Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz Monday directed Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority not to sign an “open skies” aviation agreement with the European Union. Katz wants his office to examine what effect the agreement would have on Israel’s airlines.

Talks on an “open skies” framework, which would replace a number of bilateral aviation agreements with European countries with a single Israel-EU agreement, have been ongoing for several years, but a deal between the sides has proven elusive. [more]