Israel orders Lufthansa to cut seats

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21 November 2003 , TEL AVIV - Israel has ordered Lufthansa to significantly reduce seating capacity on its flights between Germany and Tel Aviv, a spokesman for the German airline said Friday. "We have received orders to cut capacity by 15 percent as of December, 25 percent by February and 35 percent by April," Yitzhak Zaroni, a spokesman for Lufthansa, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa. He said the decision was a one-sided one by the Israel Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA), adding it followed talks between

21 November 2003


TEL AVIV - Israel has ordered Lufthansa to significantly reduce seating capacity on its flights between Germany and Tel Aviv, a spokesman for the German airline said Friday.

"We have received orders to cut capacity by 15 percent as of December, 25 percent by February and 35 percent by April," Yitzhak Zaroni, a spokesman for Lufthansa, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

He said the decision was a one-sided one by the Israel Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA), adding it followed talks between the ICAA and its German counterpart in Bonn this week.

"We respect rules and regulations in the countries that we fly to," he said, but added, "We will do everything in our power to change this decision". He said that would include legal means.

An Israeli transport ministry spokesman said Lufthansa had been allowed a temporary increase in capacity, but was now asked to cut capacity to what it was one year ago in order to "preserve a balance" with Israeli airlines.

But Zaroni said that while the Israeli transport ministry wanted Lufthansa to cut capacity, Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon in a meeting with Lufthansa CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber had urged the German airline to increase flights to Israel.

Only Lufthansa, which flies to and from Israel twice a day, once with a 247-seat Airbus 340 and once with a 368-seat Jumbo 747/400, and the Israeli El-Al international airline operate scheduled flights between the two countries.

DPA
Subject: German news

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