The Transportation Ministry has stopped subsidizing flights from and to Kiryat Shmona, Army Radio revealed Tuesday.
Flights to and from northern Israel will be moved to Rosh Pina's airport. "We are renewing the flights to Rosh Pina - this is the tender we have reached and this is the budget we were allocated," said Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz.
Transport Ministry director-general Gideon Siterman was authorized by the Finance Ministry to raise the subsidy from NIS 200,000 a year to NIS 2 million.
The driving time from Kiryat Shmona to the Rosh Pina airport is approximately 20 minutes. However, because the northern city has neither train service nor access to the Trans-Israel Highway, many passengers could be delayed.
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