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UAE indigenous airline begins direct Israel flights

By News Desk, with agency report

United Arab Emirates airline, flydubai has disclosed that plans had been concluded to begin direct flights to Israel this month, saying the airline would be adopting twice-daily services between Dubai and Tel Aviv.

It explained that the resumption of flights between the Middle East states followed the August agreement where formal ties, including launching direct flights between the two countries were established between both nations.

Dubai state-owned airline operators, through a statement on its website, said that the company would operate 14 weekly services between the UAE’s and Israel’s financial capitals from Nov 26, adding that tickets for flights had been put for sale.

Tickets for those flights were now on sale.

Dubai’s Emirates, the UAE’s biggest airline, will sell tickets on the flydubai service through a codeshare agreement between the carriers, an Emirates spokeswoman said.

UAE and Israeli citizens are able to visit each others’ country without applying for a visa before traveling as part of agreements recently signed between the two states.

Israeli airlines Israir and Arkia have advertised packages to Dubai for flights starting on Dec. 9, but say they are yet to receive final approval for the flights.

El Al Israel Airlines ELAL.TA, the country’s biggest airline, has not advertised flights.

The aviation industry is enduring its worst crisis after the coronavirus pandemic this year crippled most flights.

El AL and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways have recently operated flights being the two countries carrying official delegations.

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