TEL AVIV (Aug. 28)
El Al, Israel’s national airline, will begin regularly scheduled direct flights to East Berlin next Tuesday, the airline reported Monday.
This fulfills an agreement made some months ago between El Al and Interflug, the East German state airline.
Interflug will begin reciprocal service in a few weeks. The delay is due to a present shortage of planes, the East German carrier said.
Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority plans to propose to West German authorities that the present air agreement between the two countries be amended to include flights between Israel and both East and West Germany following the planned unification of the two Germanys, which will take place Oct. 3.
Although the countries will be united, the name of East Berlin will remain for the time being and a separate airport will remain to serve East Berlin.