Israir will petition the High Court tomorrow (Wednesday) against the government’s decision to prevent the sale of airline tickets to green countries on existing flights.
In a conversation with Calcalist, Uri Sirkis, the company’s CEO, claims that the only thing behind the Corona Cabinet’s decision is visibility: Israeli aviation and ask the companies themselves to pay the bill because they know the companies are obligated to the ticket holders.The companies now can not sell new tickets, so some of the flights departed from the country at low occupancy rates.Israir flew in September about 30,000 with an occupancy rate of about 50% while now “This closure is less than 30%. This is a loss of about 10,000 passengers and damage of $ 1.5 million.”
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Sirkis says that at the legal level, the ban on buying tickets is inconsistent with the provision of section 4 of the Corona Virus Special Authorities Act, and that the ban on flying outside Israel is not necessary to prevent infection or spread of the virus because people leave the country. “I think we will not consider the extent of the harm to the public itself, which wants to vacation in countries where the morbidity rate is at least 20 times lower than in the State of Israel. We did not ask to add new flights but to sell to flights that have already been approved.” According to him, the competing companies did not block the purchase of tickets for customers – but the responsibility is on the passenger himself.
The petition will be filed by attorneys Roy Belcher and Guy Zeevi of Crispin, Rubinstein, Belcher & Co.
At this point all foreign airlines are flying as a usher based on tickets sold for the next two weeks, before last Friday. These companies refuse to comment on the government’s policy, but without attributing factors, they say that if the closure lasts beyond two weeks and with it flight restrictions, they will reconsider the viability of flights to Israel.
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