Air Seychelles flight 22, an A320neo with 128 passengers onboard, departed yesterday from Mahe, in the Seychelles, at 5:19pm local time and was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv at 10:50pm.
It ran into technical issues, which forced a diversion to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where it landed at 8:43pm local time.
Of course, Israel has no diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and typically, Israelis aren’t allowed to land there.
But in this era of the Abraham Accords, things still worked out OK.
Passenger Sharon Licht-Patren shared that the captain updated the passengers that they were in touch with the Israeli government and were working on approval to allow the passengers off the plane.
Once that was secured, “they received us very nicely. Everyone smiled and went out of their way to help, accompanying us to the hotel and arranging for rooms for everyone.”
The passengers didn’t have to take Mohammed Saud up on his offer,
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The Air Seychelles plane is still stuck in Jeddah, so the airline sent a plane from Dubai to Jeddah this morning to pick up the stranded passengers:
The million dollar question was, would the replacement plane be forced to stop in Cairo or Amman to avoid flying nonstop to Israel?
That plane departed Jeddah at 11:42am and flew nonstop to Tel Aviv, arriving at 1:28pm local time.
Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Saudi authorities for their help:
Were any DansDeals readers on the flight? I’d love to hear more details of the unplanned stop!
Will we soon see regularly scheduled flights between Israel and Saudi Arabia?