Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will be able to travel to destinations in Türkiye, through the Ramon Airport, at the end of August, Israel's Airports Authority said Tuesday.
Palestinians cannot fly from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport without special permission. They typically travel to Jordan to catch international flights, a trip that entails crossing through checkpoints and can take hours.
Under the pilot program, the flights will run twice a week starting at the end of August to Istanbul and Antalya on Turkish carriers Atlas and Pegasus and using Airbus A321 aircraft, the airports authority said.
Ramon Airport, which opened in 2019, is about 300 kilometers from Jerusalem and is designed to take any planes rerouted from Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv.