UAE national carrier to start flying to Tel Aviv next spring


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will start operating daily non-stop flights to Tel Aviv next spring.

The move deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the two countries agreed to normalise relations.

Direct flights on Etihad between the emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv will begin on March 28, giving “Emiratis and UAE residents the opportunity to discover Israel’s historical sites, beaches, restaurants and nightlife”, the state-owned carrier said in a statement.

Tickets are already available on Etihad’s website.

The announcement comes after Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai said it would begin offering direct flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv later this month.

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