Things are moving quickly in the Middle East!
The stunning news last month was the Israel-UAE peace deal, quickly followed up with an El Al flight to Abu Dhabi. That was the first commercial Israeli flight ever to fly over Saudi airspace and it came with the announcement that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli flights to use their airspace to fly to the UAE.
And now comes the news via Jared Kushner that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will allow Israeli flights to use their airspace no matter where they are flying to!
#BREAKING: Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have agreed to open airspace to all flights east. (meaning, Israeli companies wand others ill be able to fly from Israel to Asia and significantly shorten the time)
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) September 9, 2020
This is amazing news for Israeli airlines, which can now fly to many destinations to the east that were previously impossible to profitably operate due to airspace restrictions. It will also shave travel time off of existing destinations.
Who says 2020 is all bad news? I can’t wait to find out what great news will come out of the Middle East next!
This is certainly great news for El Al and their network planners. The only question is when will they reopen?