Flights to Turkey

After being grounded for 15 years, passenger flights between Israel and Turkey are set to resume. The aviation authorities of these two nations signed an agreement on July 7, a gesture that fits into a larger trend of normalization between Israel and Arab nations. The news is welcomed by those looking to cope with a troubled world economy. But normalization will have a long-term hidden cost for Israel.

Israel stopped flights to Turkey in 2007, citing safety concerns. A brief attempt to resume flights in 2013 failed (although cargo flights resumed in 2020). Currently, according to Al-Monitor, Turkish Airlines has over 60 flights daily from Istanbul to Israel. The Israel Airports Authority noted that Turkish Airlines is the third-largest airline operating in Israel, and Turkish discount airline Pegasus is sixth.

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