In the United States, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday evening, March 5 that the government of Saudi Arabia has granted Air India the permission to carry out flights to Israel over its territory.
At the moment in Riyadh and Air India has not commented on the statement by Netanyahu.
The first Air India flight to Israel is scheduled for March 18.
We will remind that on February 7 the management of Air India reported receiving permission to fly to Israel through the airspace of Saudi Arabia, but on the same day, the press service of the Main Directorate of civil aviation of Saudi Arabia has denied this information.
For 70 years, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries banned flights to Israel and from Israel to follow over their territory. Aircraft of the Israeli airline «El al» has to fly around the Arabian Peninsula, which makes this route uneconomical. In the case of flight over Saudi Arabia travel time will be reduced by two hours, and the road from tel Aviv to new Delhi will take 6 hours.