Just a few months ago, Israelis were not able to visit the UAE.
Now there will be more flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai than any other city in the world right now:
- FlyDubai plans to launch twice daily 737 service between Dubai and Tel Aviv on November 26th, coinciding with my 36th birthday and the 16th anniversary of this website 😀
- El Al plans to launch twice daily service, with a 737 and 787 Dreamliner, to Dubai beginning on November 30th. El Al flights are not yet on sale.
- Israir plans to fly a daily A320 to Dubai beginning on December 2nd
- Arkia plans to fly a daily Embraer 195 to Dubai starting on December 11th:
It’s strange as Emirates owns budget airline FlyDubai and they typically don’t overlap on the same routes. But maybe Emirates feels the need for FlyDubai to compete with Arkia and Israir while they will compete with El Al’s Dreamliner?
I guess we’ll know soon enough if there will indeed be 5 airlines flying nonstop from Tel Aviv to Dubai.
Eventually we should also see Etihad service between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.
Can the market possibly support this many flights? Especially in middle of a pandemic with it being so hard for foreigners to fly to Israel?
The UAE is a “green” country, so Israelis can fly there without needing to quarantine there or on the return. That’s likely to help the new flights.
Americans can also fly to Dubai without needing to quarantine there, so Dubai will be a good meeting place for Americans with relatives living in Israel.
Will you fly between Israel and Dubai?