A Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement between the European Union and Israel was signed on 10 June 2013.
With this comprehensive agreement, all EU and Israel airlines can operate direct flights between any airport in the EU and Israel.
Beyond market opening, the agreement also provides a modern framework and high standards for a wide range of aviation issues, such as passenger rights, air traffic management, economic regulation, competition issues or social aspects.
It thereby delivers mutual benefits, provides a platform to take EU-Israel aviation relations to a new level and serves to build an ambitious– both broad and deep – aviation partnership.
Similar to the experience of similar agreements signed with other EU neighbouring countries, the gradual opening of the market has lead to a larger number of direct flights from Israel to more destinations in Europe at lower prices while also reducing flight prices to Israel for European travellers. Higher volumes of tourism in both directions create additional jobs and economic benefits on both sides. At the same time, the gradual implementation of the agreement between 2013 and 2018 gave sufficient time for carriers on both sides to prepare for increased competition.