Israir Applies To Fly Nonstop Between Tel Aviv And Dubai Next Month!

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Just a few weeks ago the United Arab Emirates wouldn’t allow visitors to enter with an Israeli passport.

Now there is a peace agreement, El Al has flown to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia has given permission to overly their airspace, and the UAE rolled out the red carpet for Israel.

Things can really change in the blink of an eye!

And now, Israir is applying for permission to fly nonstop between Tel Aviv and Dubai starting on October 2nd. The nonstop flight should take less than 3.5 hours thanks to being able to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace.

The flight can already be seen as scheduled on the IAA site:

 

That’s truly incredible!

I don’t yet see flights for sale, but hopefully that will happen shortly. Israel is currently closed to foreigners through September, so it will be interesting to see if that changes in October. When it does, it’s likely that we’ll see Emirates and/or Etihad add flights as well.

It will be a real challenge for Israeli airlines to compete with those world class carriers. That’s even more true if El Al can only fly a 737 to the UAE versus an Emirates Boeing 777 or an Airbus A380 with a bar and shower onboard.

Meanwhile, El Al remains closed, with last week’s flight to Abu Dhabi one of the few flights they have flown since March.

I wrote about my awesome 2017 stopover in the UAE here. When will you book your trip?

HT: tavster, via DDF

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SG

Israair…LOL, ELAL is gold compare to them

UAE enthusiast

I know you keep mentioning that it will be hard for Israeli airlines to compete with the onboard bar, shower, and nicer planes but it’s a 3.5 hour flight so the shower and bar are more or less useless on such a short flight, so what’s the real reason to take one airline over the other besides for price?

Yisroel

Clearly you have never taken a flight with a bar onboard 🙂

I can say that my flight from London to Tel Aviv (under 5 hours) flew by really quickly, with being able to sit and shmooze with other passengers at the bar.

Besides for the fact, that the service and onboard experience will be way better.

UAE enthusiast

False, I also enjoyed the bar from tlv to lhr, but that flight is 1.5 hours longer. Paying a premium to use an on-board bar for an hour and a half or so is a little extreme

Fake

Those days are over in the new unnormal.

Freddy

The short flights are competitively prices typically, and a bargain relative to the hard product you’re getting!

Netlevy

Why would they use a A380 for 3.5h flight?

yed

Israir is sadly a Israeli airline led by Yiden and flies on Shabbos R”L bringing massive Chilul Shabbos and Chilul Hashem, Sad to see them open this rout on a Friday which probably means that their return flight to Israel will be on Shabbos. One good thing about ELAL was that at least official LY flight operations where not carried out on Shabbos as policy . (don’t get me wrong, I wrote “One” and I meant “One”)

Yochai

You also meant “OFFICIAL”?

ira

I am hopeful that an Israeli carrier will enter a code-sharing agreement with a UAE airline which would allow for a real partnership for airlines in the Mideast.

cantwait!

Is there any visa necessary for uae? what about covid restrictions? are they a green country?

Freddy

Yes, they love Money there

Eli

They slap a nice tax Per room on hotel stays even for tourists! They love MONEY indeed

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