Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz gave approval, Monday, for Arkia Airlines to institute regular direct flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Oslo and Helsinki. The routes are currently served only by charter flights. El Al has not flown them for some time.
The move follows agreements signed between Israel, Norway and Finland, which allow each country to assign the route to one of its country's carriers. Arkia was the only Israeli airline that expressed interest in the routes.