Up to 26 scheduled weekly flights can be operated on Israel-Italian routes. Currently one Israeli and one Italian schedule airline are authorized to fly between the two countries
Israel and Italy signed last week a new civil aviation agreement, which will increase the number of airlines from the two countries making scheduled flights between the two countries.
The new agreement stipulates that two scheduled airlines from each country may make flights on the Tel Aviv-Rome and Tel Aviv-Milan routes.
The Israeli and Italian civil aviation authorities also agreed that up to 26 scheduled weekly flights can be operated on Israel-Italian routes.
Currently, one Israeli and one Italian schedule airline are authorized to fly between the two countries. Each airline can make up to 20 weekly flights during the summer period and 15 flights during the winter period.
Minister of Transport Shaul Mofaz said that the newly signed agreement was another important step in the ministry's policy to liberalize Israel's aviation market. "The substantial increase in the number of flights and seating capacity will meet the anticipated growth in demand by Israeli passengers and foreign tourists," he said.
He added that the ministry expects a 20% increase this summer in the number of schedule flights arriving to Israel mainly due to the fact that some foreign airlines increased their flight frequency and new airlines which began operating schedule flights to Israel.