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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Turkey rejects Arkia request for extra security

Arkia is Israel's second largest airline, and is expanding its scheduled flights. One of the places to which they want to fly is Antalya, a Turkish resort that was very popular with Israelis until early 2009. Arkia made a routine request for an Israeli airline - extra space to conduct their own security checks. The Turks have turned down the request (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
In a written statement addressed to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arkia requested the right to begin running regular flights between Tel Aviv and the Turkish resort city of Antalya. The Israeli airline also listed as conditions a flight specific security area, the right to oversee security provisions themselves and the right to use devices of their own in order to ensure the safety of their passengers. “Turkey does not possess any specific security areas at international airports. Why does Israel need to have a specific security area at Turkish airports?” Turkish diplomatic sources contacted by Today’s Zaman said. Diplomatic sources added that such special security areas will not be established at Turkish airports and that if the Israeli airline continues to insist, Arkia will not be allowed to offer flights between Tel Aviv and Antalya.


Planning to offer four to six flights a week between June and October, Arkia would like to have extra security measures in place at the Antalya Airport, which receives 10 million tourists a year. The measures would be similar to those applied at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The Israeli airline asked Turkish officials to grant Israeli security officials 20 free passes in order to assist them in providing enhanced security for flights. Moreover, Arkia requested permission to have three security officials headed by an Israeli security manager on call at the Antalya Airport. In addition, they asked Turkish officials to change security procedures at Antalya’s airport to include the widespread use of various X-ray devices.

Arkia Israel Airlines further requested an additional space to run extra baggage and security checks near check-in points and boarding gates. The Israeli airline also added that it was important for them to have private rooms to question or conduct further security checks of suspicious passengers.
Arkia should just drop the request. Israelis don't want to go to Turkey anyway. How about Crete instead?

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At 3:36 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Forget Crete, how about America instead???

We've got great beaches from New England to Florida. We've got some pretty nice cities, with great restaurants, theaters, parks, symphonies, major league baseball. We've got mountain resort areas in New England, the Catskills, the Poconos, Virginia & the Carolinas. Florida-Disneyworld, Marineland, Miami Beach, the Keys...

The economy being what it is, the Israeli shekel goes further than previously and, for tourists, flights and resorts are a buyer's market!

Come visit America, our Israeli friends are most welcome!!!


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