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27 May 2019 - 22 Iyyar 5779 - כ"ב אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Israel ambassador hints at direct flights between Manila and Tel Aviv E-mail

In an article in the Philippine newspaper SunStar on 23 October, the newly appointed Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz was quoted as saying that to develop more trade and tourism for both countries, the presence of a direct flight would maximise the potential of both countries in people-to-people exchanges and trade relations.

According to Harpaz, both countries are looking to establish a direct flight by next year, and if this happens it would make travel to the Holy Land much more accessible. He also expects a boost in trade activities.

Reports have indicated that Philippine Airlines will launch a direct flight between Manila and Tel Aviv by late 2018 or in 2019. With this planned direct connection, the flight time will be cut to only 10 hours.

Harpaz pointed out that tourism is an important pillar to maintain the longstanding relationship between Israel and the Philippines. The two countries have maintained a close relationship ever since the Philippines opened its doors to Jews during the time of the Holocaust.

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