Israir applies to operate Israel-Sri Lanka flights


The Israeli carrier will also be marketing packages to the Seychelles and Zanzibar next summer.

IDB Development Corp. (TASE: IDBD) unit Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. has applied to the Israeli Ministry of Transport's Civil Aviation Authority to operate direct charter flights between Israel and Sri Lanka, sources inform "Globes.

"Globes" has also learned that Israir CEO Uri Sirkis, who returned this week from a visit to Sri Lanka, will meet with Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Israel on the subject. There are currently no direct flights between Israel and Sri Lanka.

Israir's VP marketing and sales Gil Stav has confirmed to "Globes" that, "We are indeed preparing to operate direct flights to Sri Lanka in the summer and during the holidays, in the first stage." He added, "This is a destination that fits in with the series of family products that Israir offers to Western Europe, the Seychelles, and Zanzibar in Africa."

Israir is yet to market packages for flights to Sri Lanka but Stav estimates that packages for a week in Sri Lanka will cost $1,500-2,000 per person.

Israir is also readying to market packages to the Seychelles and Zanzibar for the summer of 2016. These flights will be on the new Airbus 320s that the company has purchased and will be delivered at the beginning of June 2016. Prices have yet to be published.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on December 11, 2015

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