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Saudi Arabia authorizes airspace overflight to Israir

Aircraft then landed in Dubai

Saudi Arabia authorized and allowed the Israeli carrier Israir Airlines to use its airspace. The green light for commercial flights of the Middle Eastern Nation was announced by local media, to be precise, the aircraft must ensure the air connection between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. On Tuesday December 1st, 2020, there was the first commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi; Israir's aircraft took off from the “Ben Gurion” international airport and its arrival at the Dubai international airport was “facilitated” by the overflight of Saudi airspace. According to what was learned, the flight in question would have been cancelled if Riyadh said no.

In the coming months, the same could happen with other Israeli airline connections that plan to transport passengers to the UAE. Examples are those of El Al (see AVIONEWS) and Arkia Israeli Airlines, whose December and January programs include Dubai as one of the main destinations. Last September saw the first encouraging opening by Saudi Arabia; the country had authorized the flight in which the delegation was present which then signed the peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, suggesting an identical choice for commercial connections, as also detailed by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency