The aviation authorities of Russia and Israel have agreed to remove restrictions on routes between the two countries with the exception of Moscow-Tel Aviv.
On all other routes between Russia and Tel Aviv there will be no restrictions on the number of carriers, flights or aircraft capacity. On the Moscow-Tel Aviv route, authorities agreed to add 15 weekly frequencies for each side and to permit second-designation carriers. Israel’s El Al and Russia’s Transaero now have the right to operate 21 weekly flights each. Aeroflot also gains the right to fly charters on a regular base.
The new rules will come into effect after Russian authorities complete aviation security agreements that were signed over the last two years. Israel requires its representatives to perform airport handling services for those flights from Russia to Israel. Earlier both countries signed the documents that regulate that process but Russian authorities still have not launched the new rules
After visa requirements between Russia and Israel were abolished in 2008 the number of Russian tourists visiting Israel has grown from 365,000 in 2008 to 603,000 in 2013.