Israeli airlines waged a strike against it, but one hotel head is looking forward to it. Israel's three airlines – El Al, Arkia and Israir were bitterly opposed to the deal, saying it would result in widespread layoffs. "Implementing the Open Skies agreement in its current format will have severe ramifications which would fatally and irreversibly harm civilian aviation in Israel," Histadrut trade union chairman Ofer Eini stated.
However Alex Herman teh vice president for sales and marketing at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem said, "we expect a major increase of premium tourism from Europe to Israel with the implementation of the Open Skies agreement.” He said that in his view, enabling more competition in the market will make trips to Israel cheaper. He added, "new direct flight lines from Europe to Israel are expected to be established, enabling more businessmen to conveniently fly to Israel.”