Israel's second largest airline, Israir is gearing up for major expansion following news that the Israeli government is to lift a restriction on competition to El Al across numerous routes in and out of Israel.
The move means that Israir which celebrates ten years of operations in 2006 now gets status of being a scheduled carrier from being a charter which means it will be able to offer more flights and services and it is also expected that with additional competition flight prices will also go down.
Initially, the airline will be looking to expand its US routes with a daily flight between Israel and New York.
After this, it is said to be looking at other routes including Europe and the Far East and in preparation for expansion, the company is increasing staffing levels.
Even with just the additional flights from New York to Israel, the airline predicts it will fly 60,000 tourists to Israel who will spend around $100m during 2006.
“This welcome change in policy will positively affect the quality of travel and service received by both American tourists and Israeli travellers,” says Stuart Katz, Managing Director of Israir Airlines for North America.
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