Israel and the UAE have agreed to fully normalize relations.
This is a massive and historic event between the two countries. If you’d like to read more about the peace agreement, search it up since this will focus on the aviation perspective.
This diplomatic breakthrough will facilitate peace in the Middle East, and both countries are expected to meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements.
One of these agreements includes the addition of direct flights between Israel and the UAE
Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.
If you didn’t already know, there are no scheduled flights between the two countries due to historic travel restrictions:
- The UAE didn’t allow Israeli citizens or anyone suspected of being an Israeli citizen into the country aside from transiting.
- The UAE banned Israeli aircraft from flying over its airspace
- The UAE banned its own aircraft and citizens from entering Israel
Presumably, these restrictions should be lifted and pave the way for direct flights between the two countries. Previously, if you wanted to fly from the UAE to Israel or the other way, you had to connect through another country.
In May, Etihad Airways operated the first known flight from the UAE to Israel, carrying medical supplies to assist the country. In June, they operated a second direct flight.
Now, with the two countries set to sign agreements for direct flights, this could allow airlines such as EL AL, Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai, and more to capture the market and use their hubs to connect passengers.
The agreement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/joint-statement-united-states-state-israel-united-arab-emirates/
The restriction info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel–United_Arab_Emirates_relations#Travel_restrictions
Israir TLV-DXB: https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/94960-israir-applies-for-uae-rights-as-bahrain-allows-overflights?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
You could apply this to Infinite Flight meaning it’ll soon be “realistic” to use EL AL aircraft in Dubai, Emirates aircraft in Tel Aviv, etc.
Israir has secured slots for Tel Aviv to Dubai starting October on the A320. Still awaiting final approval.