Saudi Arabia has Blocked Airspace for Flights from Israel
News 13 reported that Saudi Arabia had blocked its airspace for flights from Israel, and as a result a flight to Dubai was delayed at Ben Gurion Airport for 5 hours before taking off. In Israel, the details of the incident are now being examined.
A blow to the peace agreements: Saudi Arabia has blocked its airspace for flights from Israel, News 13 reported today (Tuesday). As a result, an Israir flight to Dubai was delayed at Ben Gurion Airport for about 5 hours before receiving permission to take off.
As you may recall, the Saudi government first approved the passage of Israeli aircraft in its airspace last November, following the signing of normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The move came after extensive efforts by Israel to obtain the permit, which also included an application to the US that tried to persuade the Saudis to allow Israeli companies to fly over the country.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the approval of the flights that “this is a huge breakthrough – it will reduce flights, it will shorten the time, it will open tremendous tourism, it will open our economy. It will do another thing – it will open the East. When you fly to Thailand or “Everywhere else in Asia, it will shave hours and prices. In a huge message to you, citizens of Israel. These are the fruits of the peace of true peace. I want to thank Jared Kushner and Sheikh Muhammad Ben Zayed for this important contribution of the day. There will be many more good news.”