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Israel Told to Negotiate Directly for West Indies Landing Rights

A spokesman for the Netherlands West Indies government said today that Israel should negotiate with it directly for landing rights for Israel’s national airline. El Al. The spokesman implied resentment that the Israeli authorities sought to use the Dutch government as an intermediary to gain such rights.

Israel recently granted the Dutch airline, KLM a fourth weekly flight to Tel Aviv, presumably in exchange for Dutch intervention with the West Indies government for El Al landing rights at Curacao. Israel, however, refused to allow KLM charter flights at Lydda Airport on grounds that they were carrying Americans in competition with El Al. Authorities here believed that the Israeli restriction stemmed from its failure to receive landing rights at Curacao.