Saudi Arabia ends 70-year ban by allowing flights to Israel over its airspace

MENA

Published: 2018-03-07 18:42

Last Updated: 2018-03-08 11:21


Saudi Arabia is yet to comment on the news. (John Tsagaris)
Saudi Arabia is yet to comment on the news. (John Tsagaris)
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Saudi Arabia has officially ended a 70-year ban that prohibited flights to Israel from going over its airspace, reported Haaretz.

On Wednesday, Air India’s spokesman told Reuters that they have been allowed “to operate flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv over Saudi Arabian airspace.”

Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that this move will create a “dramatic diplomatic shift,” as Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel.

The spokesman noted that flying over Saudi Arabia will cut travel time by two hours.

This comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Air India had been granted permission to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace from India to Israel and back.

Saudi Arabia is yet to comment on the news.