Skip to comments.Saudi Arabia Denies Report of Historic Approval of Flights to Israel Using Its Airspace
Posted on 02/07/2018 9:13:32 AM PST by KingofZion
Saudi Arabia has granted Air India approval to operate direct flights from Delhi to Tel Aviv, sources in the Israeli flight industry told Haaretz. If confirmed, this would be the first time the Saudis are allowing commerical flights to Israel to use their airspace.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation denied the report, saying the agency had not granted Air India permission to operate direct flights from Delhi to Tel Aviv.
If true, Riyadh's approval would mean that the duration of flights from India to Israel will be shortened by two-and-a-half hours, compared to the route currently in use. The new route would allow the airline to reduce fuel costs and sell cheaper tickers to passengers.
This is not the first time Air India asked Israeli authorities for such approval. Last year, the airline asked the Israel Airports Authority's to allow it to fly to and from Israel. This was not implemented, however, due to the airline's insistence to operate the shorter route. Discussions on the matter evolved during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India last month, where intensive talks were held between the two countries in order to approve the flight route over Saudi Arabia.
For seventy years now, Saudi airspace has been closed not only to Israeli aircraft, but to those of other nations with a flight-path to Israel. In recent decades there have only been two flights, that we know of, which have flown directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel: the U.S. Air Force One bearing Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, respectively. It is not rare to see on the air-travel tracking websites private business jets flying from Saudi airports ... However all these flights make a short stop-over first in Amman airport.
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At one point I saw or heard that Saudi’s new Neom mega-city was intended to connect with not only Egypt and Jordan, but Israel as well. But since then I can’t seem to find anything stating that.
If one goes to www.flightradar24.com and types in Tel Aviv as the airport of choice, it also shows all flights in the nations surrounding Israel.
Click on any Arab-owned airline flight from Europe to the Middle East such as Royal Jordanian, FlyDubai, etc and they will actually fly around Israel airspace to avoid crossing it.
It doesn’t look like they’re forbidding from crossing into Israeli airspace. it looms like their hatred of Israel is so strong that they can’t even bear to cross over it in flight.
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Posted on 02/05/2018 10:04:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind
My guess the Saudi clerics will get over it, they've got enough internal threats to deal with. Like women driving cars. Pretty soon they'll be dealing with women driver jokes.
islamic idiots is redundant.
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