The Tourism Ministry has begun discussions with the British low-cost airline easyJet in an effort to accelerate the firm's plans to operate flights to here, ministry director general Eli Cohen said yesterday.
"The low-cost airline easyJet will fly to Israel in less than two years," Cohen told the Hoteliers' Association conference in Jerusalem. "We are also talking to Ryanair, and flights priced at $150-$200 is not an exaggeration."
And here a part I don't fully catch:
Cohen said that bringing in the Ireland-based Ryanair is more complicated, since it would have to sign agreements in Europe to fly here, while easyJet can freely fly to Israel.
It looks like something concerning bilateral rights and I would assume that there is a sort of open-skies treaty Israel - UK, but not Isreal - Ireland. But if that is the case, easyJet can only fly from the UK, and maybe easyJet Switzerland from Swiss airports. Well, as that are very important markets for easyJet, it can well be worth it.
Does anybody know if Israel is considering a full open-skies treaty with the EU, like Morocco?