Creating new perspectives since 2009

First Israeli flight over Saudi-Oman airspace

February 27, 2023 at 12:26 pm

An Israeli El AL plane on January 25, 2021 [MARKUS SCHREIBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel’s national air carrier El Al yesterday began operating a new time-saving route via the airspace of Oman and Saudi Arabia, it said.

El Al Flight 083 departed from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport yesterday evening bound for Thailand’s capital Bangkok, according to Xinhua, marking the first Israeli commercial flight using the new corridor.

The new route, the Israeli company said, would shorten flights to some Asian destinations by about two hours.

Last week, Oman announced that it would open its airspace to Israel following a similar move by Saudi Arabia in July 2022.

Israel does not have official ties with either Oman or Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hanbaly, the Mufti of Oman, condemned the move and called for the rulers to retreat from this decision.

READ: Establishing ties with Saudi Arabia will end Israel-Arab conflict, Netanyahu says