TEL AVIV (Sep. 1)
EI AI is checking alternate routes for its South African service in the event that certain unnamed African countries, over which the Israeli airline flies on its route from Tel Aviv to Johannesburg, forbid EI AI flights through its airspace, Transportation Minister Haim Corfu said.
Speaking to reporters in Eilat at ceremonies marking the landing in Israel’s southernmost city of the first Boeing 707 jet, operated by the Arkia Airlines, Corfu said: “EI AI is looking for ways to maintain its flights to southern Africa by alternative routes. We’ll have to adapt to new conditions, without going against the wishes of African nations with whom we have relations.”
He noted that European airlines continue to fly to Johannesburg and that Israel will do likewise. Corfu was echoing the views expressed by Premier Shimon Peres during his views expressed by Premier Shimon Peres during his visit to Cameroon and upon his return home that Israel will not establish an independent policy toward South Africa but will adhere to policies set by the West.