The agreement is an additional step in the strengthening of bilateral relations between Israel and the Ukraine, and will promote economic relations and increase tourism between the two countries.
(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met today (Monday, February 22 2010) with Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Transport Olexander Davydov. At their meeting, the two signed a protocol which amends the current air transport agreement between the governments of Israel and Ukraine.
The new protocol permits Israel to add an additional carrier on the route between Israel and the Ukraine. The agreement also cancels the need to coordinate commercial activities, which will permit unrestricted free trade. The agreement also refers to tariffs, security, capacity and dispute resolution. The amendments include the anchoring of all agreements between the two countries regarding flight routes, flight frequency and addition of carriers.
This agreement is an additional step in the strengthening of bilateral relations between Israel and the Ukraine. The addition of carriers, as well as the adjustment of flight frequency in accordance with varying needs, will promote various channels of cooperation between the two countries.
It should be further noted that in accordance with a government decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was last week authorized to initiate negotiations with the Ukrainian government towards a visa abolition agreement. This process, as well as the actual signing of the agreement, will encourage tourism to both countries.
Deputy FM Ayalon congratulated the Ukrainians on the outcome of their recent elections, and stated that "The Ukraine and Israel are countries with mutual values and interests. This historic agreement will promote the economic relations between the two countries. This agreement, together with a visa abolition agreement, will strengthen the relationship and increase the amount of tourism between the two countries."
Deputy Minister of Transport Davydov stated: "I welcome this historic moment. Many Ukrainian citizens await the agreement, and it presents a perfect opportunity to promote the relationship between the two countries."
Avi Ben-Hur, Deputy Director of Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority, added that following the signing of the protocol, the two sides would hold talks tomorrow with the aim of improving the agreement, increasing competition and developing new destinations in the two countries for additional carriers.