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First FlyDubai flight lands in Israel

November 8, 2020 at 4:53 pm

A mask-clad employee walks across a Flydubai aircraft on the tarmac of Dubai International Airport, on 6 April 2020. [KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images]

The first flight operated by Dubai airline FlyDubai landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday, according to Israeli media, Anadolu reports.

The state-owned Israeli KAN channel released a video of the Emirati flight landing at the airport.

According to FlyDubai, owned by Dubai government, the carrier will operate two flights daily between Dubai and Tel Aviv as of Nov. 26.

The move came after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel signed air transportation and direct flights agreements, in the wake of their normalization deal.

In October, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority signed an agreement with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority on air transport services between the two countries.

The UAE and Israel signed US-sponsored agreements to normalize their relations in September, with the two sides inking a host of agreements in the fields of investment, trade, science and technology.

The normalization agreements have drawn widespread condemnations from the Palestinians, who say the accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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