Israel and the European Union are widening their open skies agreement, in a bid to promote sharing of airspace over the Mediterranean Sea basin.

The agreement was signed Thursday in Israel during a visit from EU Vice-President Siim Kallas. The EU and Jewish state already share an open skies pact, but the new measure will foster targeted sharing in the Mediterranean.

“Israel is a key partner for the EU in transport. The aviation agreement that we signed earlier this year is very important for further strengthening the overall economic exchanges, trade and tourism as well as broader political relations between Israel and the EU,” said Kallas, who also serves as the EU’s transport commissioner.

“I am very pleased that the agreement is already starting to have a positive impact in the market–to the benefit of consumers.”

The open skies pact has already seen increased travel between the two regions. Last week, German airline Lufthansa announced it will add six weekly flights between Israel and Germany, and Air Berlin is set to add five new weekly routes.

EasyJet will also add flights between Tel Aviv and Milan beginning in March.

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