At the Japan-Israel Summit in May 2018, it was confirmed that it promoted strengthening the entire relations of both countries including the economic field.
In response to this, in Israel in September 2018, both the Japanese and Israeli governments shared the importance of expanding human exchanges in both tourism and business. In addition, discussion on the possibility of charter flight operation to stimulate demand in anticipation of future direct flights and concrete adjustments concerning charter flight implementation have been conducted on a private basis since then.
This direct charter flight was the first flight to go between Tokyo (Narita Airport) and Israel (Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Airport).
As a result, further promotion of tourism exchange between the two countries is expected through the creation of travel products, so a joint press release was made by the officials described below.
1. Date and time: February 6, 2019 (Wednesday) 13:30-14:00
2. Place: Embassy of Israel, Ambassador's residence (3 Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Mr. Hiroshi Tabata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency
Mr. Akihiko Kanai, Vice Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency
Mr. Jotaro Horiuchi, Deputy Director-General of the Civil Aviation Bureau
Mr. Yasunari Morino, Deputy Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African
Affairs Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Hiromi Tagawa, Chairman of the Japan Association of Travel Agents
Mr. Yoshiharu Matsumoto, Representative Director and President of the
World Air-Sea Service
Mr. Shunsuke Kodajima, Overseas Theme Travel Center Branch Manager, Club Tourism
Mr. Kazuo Tanaka, Executive Officer, Hankyu Kotsu Corporation, Deputy Director,East Japan Sales Headquarters
Yaffa Ben-Ari, Ambassador, Embassy of Israel