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Australia and Israel sign historic air services deal

February 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Travel between Australia and ­Israel is set to become smoother and faster following a new deal which will ease the way for Qantas and Israeli carrier El Al to start services between the two countries.

The first treaty-level air services framework between Australia and Israel was signed last week.

On his first visit to Australia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney to witness the agreement signed by Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Ambassador of Israel to Australia Shmuel Ben-Shmuel.

Chester said the agreement was an important component of the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which will generate increased tourism and trade opportunities.

Australia and Israel air services agreement signing

“This agreement on air services arrangements will strengthen people-to-people links between our two countries and facilitate growth and opportunities,” Chester said.

“For the first time, airlines of Israel and Australia can begin services between countries either using their own aircraft or via code share arrangements with other airlines.

“During 2016, 12,600 Israeli residents visited Australia, while 22,000 Australians visited Israel. We expect these numbers to grow as the new arrangements are put in place.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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