El -Al has officially launched an internal service from Tel Aviv to Eilat. The High Court of Justice rejected petitions by the Arkia and Israir airlines against a permit granted to El Al to operate flights to Eilat. El Al was granted three flights a day as opposed to the six flights it had requested. Former Israel Air force commander and now CEO of El AL Eliezer Shkady said at a press conference at Ben Gurion Aiport: "This is a breakthrough and good news for tourists entering and leaving Israel. El Al's scheduled flight will improve service, and bring the periphery closer to the center of the country to everyone's benefit." Ticket prices will start at NIS 99 one way. Flights will be made with 136-seat Boeing 737s that will depart from Ben Gurion Airport's Terminal 1.