Israeli flag carrier plane lands in the Philippines for the first time in seven years
Israel has always been a lifelong dream destination of mine. And while travel plans are all on hold right now, here’s great news. The El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. with Flight No. LY 063 landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) this morning, 14 October 2020, at 6:25 AM. Ambassador Rafael Harpaz said that this historic flight symbolizes the good relations between Israel and the Philippines.
First Flight of El Al Israel Airlines in the Philippines
It was in November 2013 when two Israeli planes carrying humanitarian aid first touched the Philippine soil. One made via Cebu airport to assist the Philippines in wake of Typhoon Yolanda. It was one of the biggest relief operations that Israel has ever conducted. The Israeli delegation of doctors, nurses, and paramedics and Israeli Foreign Ministry and Defense personnel provided a field hospital. And helped repair damaged infrastructures. Such as schools and water facilities particularly in Bogo, Cebu.
Onboard the El Al Israel Airlines plane were 250 Filipino students from different agriculture universities and colleges in the Philippines. All of who completed their 11-month on-the-job training course of combined academic learning. As well as practical work in the latest farming techniques and technologies in Israel.
The program offered the students the opportunity to study at specialized agricultural academic centers. And work in modern farms throughout Israel. Approximately 5,000 Filipino students already participated in this Agro Studies program. Another batch of flight from Israel to the Philippines is scheduled later on in the month.
The Embassy looks forward that after the COVID-19 pandemic and through the existing visa-free agreement, more Filipino tourists will come to visit Israel and vice versa. And hopefully, the direct flight services between the two countries will be implemented soon.
In the meantime, allow me to indulge in my homemade Shakshuka Experience first. Congratulations El Al Israel Airlines! But I hope to see you real soon, Tel Aviv!
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