Israel’s Airlines Strike Over Open Skies With EU

Israeli airlines, including El Al, Arkia and Israir, have gone on strike over their government’s approval of an open skies agreement with the European Union (EU).

Hundreds of passengers have already been stranded as a result of the walkout. The Histadrut union is planning more strike action tomorrow, which will close the Ben Gurion airport, local news sources have reported. Despite the protest, the government has already given its backing of the policy, which would see more European airlines flying into and out of Israel. The government argues this will boost tourism and create more competition, thus lowering prices, but Israeli airlines fear it will cost them business.

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