The Histadrut national labor union has called off its planned shutdown of Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday morning, and workers of Israeli airlines have ended their strike following a special agreement between the government and El Al.

The agreement was signed Monday evening in Israel, less than two hours before the Labor Court was to meet on a petition to issue an injunction against shutting down the airport.

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Flights of El Al, Israir and Arkia airlines have been grounded since Sunday because of the Open Skies agreement that the Cabinet approved at the beginning of the week.

The Finance Ministry agreed to reimburse El Al for almost of all of its extraordinary security expenses, which make it less competitive against European airlines that can fly more planes to Israel under the Open Skies agreement.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t quite fully understand the agreement reached. The Israelie government is going to reimburse El Al for its pricey security expenses (it IS the safest airline in the entire world) – but what impace is this going to have upon its competitors – their security is much laxer than El Al’s, so the taxpayers ultimately are going to have to fork up additional monies? It’s not abundantly clear, to say the least.

  2. I don’t quite fully understand the agreement reached. The Israelie government is going to reimburse El Al for its pricey security expenses (it IS the safest airline in the entire world) – but what impace is this going to have upon its competitors – their security is much laxer than El Al’s, so the taxpayers ultimately are going to have to fork up additional monies? It’s not abundantly clear, to say the least.

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