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Ministers okay plan to bring in more daily flights for stranded Israelis

The coronavirus cabinet approves a plan to bring more so-called rescue flights into Ben Gurion Airport for Israelis stranded abroad. The airport remains shuttered for normal flights.

The plan will see approval for up to 2,000 arrivals a day starting on February 20, with flights split evenly between Israeli and foreign airlines.

That last part is apparently in reaction to a US demand that Israel allow US airlines to fly in, or the US would prevent El Al flights from landing in the country.

The empty arrival hall at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on February 3, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
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