El Al will operate two weekly flights to transport import goods from Turkey to Israel۔
Israeli carrier El Al will begin operating cargo flights from Tel Aviv to Turkey for the first time in a decade, according to local media.
The first El Al plane landed in Istanbul Sunday morning to collect 24 tons of humanitarian aid and protective equipment for Turkey medical teams that are fighting against coronavirus.
El Al was given approval by Turkish aviation authorities to operate two weekly cargo flights from Tel Aviv to Istanbul to transport import goods after putting in a request last week. The company will use its Dreamliner aircraft for the route.
For years El Al flew commercial flights from Tel Aviv to Istanbul route, but these flights were halted in 2010, after the Gaza flotilla incident in which nine pro-Palestinian activists who attacked Israeli soldiers to break the Gaza Strip blockade were killed.The event led to a strain on Israel-Turkey relations.