Israeli airline set to launch direct Tel Aviv-Yerevan flights

Israeli airline set to launch direct Tel Aviv-Yerevan flights

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Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz has reportedly allowed Arkia, an Israeli airline, to operate Tel Aviv-Yerevan direct flights that so far have been carried out by Armenia’s national air carrier, Armavia.

Israeli news agency Zman.com quoted Katz as saying on Monday that Israel-Armenia flights will be operated within the framework of “air transport liberalization”.

Armenia and Israel signed an agreement on air transportation in 1997. No Israeli airline has operated flights to Armenia since.

Armavia, which operated Yerevan-Tel Aviv flights from 2010, has encountered considerable problems in the past year or so connected with its debts to the Yerevan airport. It is not immediately clear whether the decision by the Israeli side is connected with the Armenian company’s being in dire financial straits.

Armavia reached a deal with Israeli Eshet Tours in February under which beginning in April the Israeli company began direct service between the two countries offering two flights per week, including during summer months.