Israeli airlines end strike over EU deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Finance Ministry says Israel’s airlines have ended a strike that stranded thousands of passengers.

The ministry said Monday that the government would address the airlines’ concerns over security costs derived from the new “Open Skies” aviation deal with the European Union.

The airlines responded that they would stop their strike. The powerful Histadrut labor union also said it would drop its plan to halt flights out of Ben-Gurion international airport Tuesday.

Airline workers launched the strike on Sunday to protest the government’s approval of the deal, set to begin in April 2014.

Proponents say the deal will lower air fares and boost tourism. Union workers warned it would threaten their jobs, because Israel’s small fleets and security costs make it hard to compete.

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