Following the controversial "Open Skies" agreement for aviation competition, El Al Airlines has announced new low cost options for several European countries. Flights to Berlin, Prague, Kiev, Budapest and Larnaca will now be significantly less expensive.
Israeli air carriers went on strike in April to stop the deal, claiming the direct flight agreement with the European Union would lead to massive layoff for Israeli employees. However the government has promised the changes with be gradual and take full effect by 2018. In the meantime, El Al has announced flights to the select destinations will be increased to fifty flights a week for a little as 69 US dollars.