FOR the first time in seven years Israel’s flag carrier has landed in the Philippines.
The El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. jet with Flight No. LY 063 landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Thursday October 14, 2020, at 6:25 a.m.
Ambassador Rafael Harpaz noted the flight’s landmark significance
“This historic flight symbolizes the good relations between Israel and the Philippines,” the ambassador said.
It was in November 2013 when two Israeli planes carrying humanitarian aid first touched the Philippine soil 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.
Looking forward to more Filipino visitors
Onboard the latest El Al plane were 250 Filipino students from different agriculture universities and colleges in the Philippines who completed their 11-month on-the-job training course of combined academic learning and 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 this month.
The Israeli 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. (✓)