Egypt Begins Direct Flights with Israel

Egypt’s first direct airline with Israel landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday. The state-owned flag carrier of Egypt is expected to fly the route four times a week, Israeli media reported.


The state-owned flag carrier of Egypt is expected to fly the route four times a week, Israeli media reported.

Previously, the only flights between Ben Gurion Airport and Cairo International Airport were operated discreetly by Air Sinai, a subsidiary of EgyptAir. The Air Sinai flights were unmarked without the Egyptian flag.

Air Sinai was established in 1982 under the terms of the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian so-called “peace” treaty which stipulated that there must be active civilian aviation routes between the two sides.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met last month in Sharm el-Sheikh Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The visit marked the first time an Israeli prime minister has traveled to the country in more than ten years.

 

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