Israel Sunday called on Israel to notify it about cargo flights at least 10 days in advance, so that they may review whether or not to approve them.
The Turkish move is another sign of deteriorating Israeli-Turkish ties, most Israeli cargo flights forced to circumvent Turkey, causing financial damage to Israeli aviation sector, Israeli Haaretz reported on Sunday.
It could cause substantial financial damage to Israeli airlines, as most Israeli flights, and all those flying to the Far East, regularly use Turkish airspace, and are now being forced to use longer flight routes that circumvent Turkey, it said.
Turkey has begun banning Israeli flights carrying “dangerous materials” from using its airspace, it claimed.
The ban will affect El Al and CAL cargo flights carrying materials designated as “dangerous”.
An industry executive told Haaretz that this was “a very serious move by Turkey, which must be met by an immediate response from the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel.”
Ties between Turkey and Israel, once close allies, have been strained in recent years since Turkey harshly criticized Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip in the winter of 2008.