Air India to start New Delhi-Tel Aviv flight from March 22

The move ends a decades-long ban by Saudi Arabia on the use of its airspace for flights to Israel.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2018 20:27 IST
Press Trust
Press Trust
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Air India,New Delhi-Tel Aliv,Israel flights
Air India will operate a Boeing 787 aircraft on the route which will be covered in 7 hours and 10 minutes.(Reuters File)

Air India will introduce thrice-a-week flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv from March 22, the airline said on Wednesday.

The official announcement from Air India comes days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters during his visit to the US that Saudi Arabia had given permission to the Indian carrier for flying over its territory on its route from New Delhi to Tel Aviv.

Read: Saudi gives Air India rights to fly over its territory for Israel routes: Netanyahu

Many Arab and Islamic nations do not recognise Israel and, therefore, disallow airlines from using their airspace for flight services to that country.

The flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It will depart from New Delhi at 4.50 pm and arrive in Tel Aviv at 8.25 pm. On its return leg, the plane will depart from Tel Aviv at 10.15 pm and land in Delhi at 9 am the day after, according to a statement from Air India.

Air India will operate a Boeing 787 aircraft on the route which will be covered in 7 hours and 10 minutes, an airline spokesperson said.

First Published: Mar 07, 2018 20:27 IST