The Turkish charter company Corendon Airlines began last week operating flights between Israel and Turkish holiday resorts in Anatalia, substituting El Al, which had announced the suspension of its route.
Corendon Airlines, which was founded in 2000 is a joint Turkish-Dutch owned company. The company is well known in Europe as a Turkish low-cost airline connecting Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria operating scheduled and charter flights.
The company will operate two weekly flights to Turkey, increasing the schedule to daily flight during the high season beginning in June 2007.
Sources in the Israeli tourists industry said that tourism wholesaler Eshet Tours had signed an exclusive $4 million agreement with the company for operation of the flight route for a period of a year, with an option to extend the term to two years.