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Israel allows West Bank Palestinians to fly out of Ramon Airport

Israel will allow Palestinians to travel to Turkey through Ramon Airport on a pilot flight that may expand routes and numbers.
A picture taken on Jan. 21, 2019, shows a partial view of the new international Ramon Airport.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The first flight for Palestinian travelers from Ramon Airport near Eilat will depart on Aug. 22 to the Turkish city of Antalya. The pilot flight allows Palestinians to travel through an Israeli airport based on an agreement with Turkey-based airlines.

The flight will initially carry passengers from the southern West Bank — in particular Bethlehem and Hebron, given that this area is the closest to the airport. Travelers from this area reach Ramon Airport in a four-hour drive.

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