PLF Pakistan

You are here: Home

Air India gets permit to use Saudi airspace for Israel flights

E-mail Print PDF

Gaza6Mar1WASHINGTON (PNIC):-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Saudi Arabia has authorized Air India to use the kingdom’s airspace for flights to and from Israeli-occupied territories.

“Air India signed an agreement to fly to Israel over Saudi Arabia,” Netanyahu said during a briefing to Israeli reporters after a meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday.

There has been no immediate confirmation of the deal from Riyadh or Air India.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, but they are widely believed to have secret liaisons.

Reports over the past few months say the two regimes are even working behind the scenes to establish formal relations.

Saudi Arabia has banned Israel-bound flights from crossing its airspace for more than 70 years.

Israeli airline El Al is now the only airline offering direct Tel Aviv-Mumbai flights, but with a detour over the Red Sea and around the Arabian Peninsula to avoid the Saudi airspace.

The new Saudi agreement with Air India will cut down the flying time between India and the occupied territories from the current eight hours to about five and a half.

Last month, Air India announced the planned thrice-weekly flights to Tel Aviv over Saudi soil, but the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia denied it.

Netanyahu visited India in January, seven months after Narendra Modi made the first ever trip by an Indian premier to Israel.

left direction
right direction
IOF kidnaps three Palestinian teens north of Ramallah
Australia rules out moving embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds
Israeli drone targets civilian car in Gaza
Palestinians to march in Ramallah against PA sanctions
IOF arrests 4 Palestinians near Nablus
Israeli minister disappointed at not killing Palestinian young man
Palestinian arrested over alleged knife possession in al-Khalil
Thousands perform Eid al-Fitr prayer in Return March camps
Hundreds of Palestinians rally at Aqsa Mosque in solidarity with Gaza
Israeli court extends detention of MP Khaleda Jarrar
Tens of thousands perform Eid prayers at Aqsa Mosque
Gazan resistance unit to launch 5000 incendiary kites on Friday