Saudi Arabia opens airspace to Israelbound plane for first time ever

first_imgSaudi Arabia opens airspace to Israel-bound plane for first time ever Blog March 25, 20181 Commentcenter_img Saudi Arabia has opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight bound for Israel.Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel.Air India flight AI139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after a seven-and-a-half hour journey from New Delhi.Saudi Arabia’s decision to permit the airline to use its airspace shaved over two hours off the typical flight time.El Al, Israel’s flag carrier who remains restricted from Saudi airspace, has complained that its Indian competitor now has an unfair advantage.Israeli transport minister, Yisrael Katz, said: “This is a historic evening. The Israeli skies are connecting with the Saudi Arabian skies in one direct flight.”“We are celebrating the strengthening relations with India and the first civilian connection with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.”While Riyadh does not formally recognise Israel, Thursday night’s event shows tensions between the two countries have softened, which share a common enemy in Iran.last_img