WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S.-Israel open skies agreement entered into force.
"The agreement strengthens and expands our already strong trade and tourism links with Israel and will benefit American and Israeli businesses and travelers," the departments of state and transportation said in a joint statement March 30, a day after the agreement went into effect. "It will expand air service and encourage vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security."
The agreement, the 97th such pact for the United States, was signed in December.
Such agreements remove restrictions on the airlines that may schedule flights between the two countries, leaving the determination to the marketplace.