With the return of Israelis to Turkey, charter flight companies in Turkey have doubled their number of flights during the Passover because the demand is so high. These companies had originally planned to operate 10 flights between Ben-Gurion International Airport and the Turkish resort city of Antalya during the month of April, but due to the high demand they have now scheduled 20 flights. Last week saw at least one flight a day operating on that route.
It is estimated that at least 3000 Israelis will visit Antalya in April, which is the highest this figure has been in a number of years. However, these numbers used to be much higher, when diplomatic relations between the two countries were better. In 2008 a whopping 560,000 Israelis travelled to Antalya. Most Israelis visiting Antalya this April are Arabs and Russians, says Shai Pardo, KTA International CEO, which is a company that represents Turkish charter airlines in Israel.
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