“The government has delayed too much in responding to the world of inbound and outbound tourism”

MK Michael Bitton, Chairman of the Economics Committee, addressed the crisis in the tourism and aviation industry this morning in a discussion that is currently taking place and deals with amendments to the pilot regulations regarding fees paid by companies operating in the industry.

Planes parked at Ben Gurion Airport. Photo by Uzi Bachar

Chairman of the Economics Committee, MK Michael BittonThis morning, he addressed the crisis in the tourism and aviation industry at a discussion of the Economics Committee, which is currently taking place and deals with amendments to the pilot regulations regarding fees paid by companies operating in the industry. At the beginning of the discussion, the director of the Civil Aviation Authority commented, Joel Feldschau, On the issue of fees, against the background of the situation of the airlines, and said that if RTA does not collect fees, it will have difficulty subsisting. He added that the amendments seek to reduce fees for most activities and there are a number of services that RTA has not charged a fee for in the past, and now seeks to charge a fee taking into account the current state of the industry.

El Al’s VP, Shlomi Am Shalom, said that El Al also believes that RTA is an important and significant body for aviation in Israel, but the committee discussed fees when the issue of compensation for airlines has not yet been settled. He said, “The outline of assistance as promised has not yet been completed. Today the government will vote for tourism aid, and we are probably stepchildren. It is true to say that there is a coffin of the Israeli airport here and we should not get any more nails stuck in it. There are no flights, there are cancellations and every day the situation is worse. “

In response, Chairman Bitton said: “I am of the opinion that the corona is affecting the Israeli economy and the state has been able to show enormous generosity towards employees and the self-employed and businesses in previous incarnations. At the moment it seems that the main impact is on tourism, aviation and leisure business, and the government is required to act quickly and vigorously and not kill entire industries. The government has been too delayed in responding to the world of tourism, both incoming and outgoing. Outbound tourism is almost without a father in the government, in contrast to the inbound tourism industry for which the Minister of Tourism feels responsible, and the outbound tourism father should be the Minister of Finance. It is part of the world of aviation, and we will certainly soon discuss the issue of aviation and leisure tourism and the government’s economic plan. “

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