Israeli airline Arkia starts offering flights to Dubai from January

October 20, 2020
One way ticket to Gulf emirate to start at $149, company says; firm looking into launching lines to Bahrain as well

Arkia plane lands at the Ben Gurion International Airport,

Times of Israel reports, “Israeli airline Arkia on Tuesday announced direct flights to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, starting at $149 for a one-way ticket. Arkia said the daily flights will begin on January 3, 2021 and some were already available for order on its website.”

“The airline is Israel’s first to announce a date for direct commercial flights to the Gulf Kingdom since Israel and the UAE signed a normalization agreement last month. The flights will last 3-4 hours and will continue at least until March, 2021, the company said.”…

“The flight lines are pending approval from authorities, which is expected to be issued soon, the statement said. The company has also signed commercial agreements with tourism companies in the UAE and will offer vacation packages.”

“On Monday, Etihad Airways Flight EY9607 — lauded as the first commercial shuttle from the UAE to Israel — landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. That flight came a day after the two nations agreed to enable 28 weekly direct flights between their territories. The flight arrived without passengers but later ferried an Israeli travel and tourism delegation to Abu Dhabi.”

“On Tuesday, a senior Emirati delegation made a landmark visit to the Jewish state, saying it wished to facilitate the reciprocal opening of embassies in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi “as soon as possible,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.” (more…)

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