Saudi Arabia opens airports to Israel
Washington: "The announcement paves the way for a more integrated, stable and secure Middle East"
Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) announced a plan to open airspace to connections to and from Israel, as well as to "all airlines that meet the Authority's requirements for overflight". A historical breakthrough, which is a sign of rapprochement with Israel that will mean shorter flights from Asia to Israel.
"President Joe Biden welcomes and commends the historic decision by Saudi Arabia's leadership to open Saudi airspace to all civil air carriers without discrimination, a decision that includes flights to and from Israel". The announcement paves the way for a "more integrated, stable and secure Middle East", crucial to "the security and prosperity of the US and the American people and the security and prosperity of Israel", says White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
After the easing of tensions in 2022, thanks to U.S. mediation, to date Saudi Arabia only allowed Israeli planes to fly overhead to the UAE and Bahrain. In fact, Tel Aviv and Riyadh have no diplomatic relations, as the Saudis do not recognize Tel Aviv's sovereignty over those territories.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency