Israel tour companies end flights to Turkey resort

AP News
Posted: Sep 13, 2011 9:32 AM
Israel tour companies end flights to Turkey resort

Israeli tour operators say they are canceling charter flights to a Turkish resort town because Israelis aren't booking trips there. The reason _ political tensions between Israel and Turkey.

Yair Asher of Flying Carpet, an Israeli company operating charter flights to Antalya, says few Israelis have bought tickets since Turkey expelled Israeli diplomats this month. He says he's canceling flights starting Wednesday.

Two smaller companies also said Tuesday they were halting flights.

Commercial flights from Israel to Istanbul are still operating.

Turkey scaled back diplomatic and trade ties to express anger over Israel's deadly raid last year on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla that killed nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists.

Antalya has been a popular Israeli vacation destination for years.