Etihad Airways announces new route to Israel after historic peace deal

Etihad Airways announces new route to Israel after historic peace deal


The national airline of the United Arab Emirates is launching its first-ever daily route to Israel — two months after the countries established diplomatic ties.

Etihad Airways served Tel Aviv for the first time on Oct. 19, and now plans to operate the trip on a daily basis starting March 28, 2021, the carrier said in a statement.

“Following the signing of the new bilateral agreement, Etihad is delighted to announce a direct link between these important cities,” Etihad chief operating officer Mohammad Al Bulooki said in a statement.

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The flight into Abu Dhabi will be specifically timed to provide connections to China, India, Thailand and Australia, officials said.

The airline joins Flydubai as the second Emirati airline to provide service to Israel. Another airline, Emirates, told CNBC it is also contemplating joining them.

“Everybody’s expecting quite a lot of business activity or tourist activity as the two countries mesh the new relationship,” Emirates president Tim Clark told the

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