1st flight from Ramon Airport takes off to Cyprus with 40 Palestinians on board

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A file photo taken on January 21, 2019, shows a partial view of the international Ramon Airport, located some 18 kilometers north of the southern Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat. (File photo: AFP)
AMMAN — The first batch of Palestinian travelers from the West Bank took off for Cyprus on Monday using Israel’s Ramon Airport, on the outskirts of the southern city of Eilat, as part of an Israeli pilot program allowing the facility to be used by residents of the West Bank for certain flights, according to Israeli media outlets. اضافة اعلان

Israel’s Arkia Airlines flew 40 residents of Bethlehem and Hebron from Ramon Airport to Larnaca. A return flight is scheduled for Friday. The route will also serve Israelis, who will be seated alongside Palestinian passengers.

On Monday, spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Transport Musa Rahal was quoted as saying that the ministry remains clear in its position on the travel through Ramon airport, which is to advise citizens not to use it as it only serves Israeli economic interest, and affects Palestinian sovereignty.

He said that international agreements grant Palestinians the right to travel through their own airport, such as the Jerusalem International Airport in Qalandya, which was destroyed by the occupation forces.

Rahal said that talks are being held with Jordan to ease travel measures for Palestinians using the King Hussein Bridge with the aim of cutting travel time, especially after the agreement to open the crossing 24 hours by the beginning of November.

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