Israir chairman Guy Rosen said that the desired destinations were London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Amsterdam, Rome, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Miami. He added that the airline filed the request after the Ministry of Transport announced that it would raise the government's participation in airlines' security costs, which would enable the government to abrogate its agreement with El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL) that gave the airline exclusive designated carrier status on long haul routes.
Civil aviation sources doubt that these flights will ever be made. They say that operating scheduled flights involves a huge financial outlay, including the purchase of planes and the need to operate a full staff to handle the flights and market them in the local market. The sources doubt that the Israeli airlines have the wherewithal to do this.
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