Saudi gives Air India overflight rights for its Israel routes: Netanyahu

Published: March 6, 2018
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Saudi Arabia had granted Air India permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Tel Aviv.

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There was no immediate confirmation from either Saudi officials or Air India. Netanyahu made the announcement during a briefing in Washington to Israeli reporters after he had met US President Donald Trump. Saudi Arabia does not recognise Israel and lifting the 70-year- old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties between Israel and the kingdom, both US allies with a shared concern over Iranian influence in the region.

Last month, Air India announced the planned thrice-weekly flights to Tel Aviv over Saudi soil, but the General Authority of Civil Aviation in Riyadh said at the time it had not granted such permission to the carrier.

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El Al Israel Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, flies four weekly flights to Mumbai. These take seven hours as they fly south toward Ethiopia and then east to India, avoiding Saudi airspace. Israel media have said that Saudi overflight routes could reduce travel time by more than two hours.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Sunil
    Mar 6, 2018 - 12:39PM

    Pakistan supports Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia supports Israel. Nice.Recommend

  • IronMan
    Mar 6, 2018 - 1:28PM

    @Sunil:
    Israel supports India, India supports USA. In the end they all support “Dollars” only. No matter where they come from.Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Mar 6, 2018 - 2:05PM

    Isn’t it time for Pakistan to befriend friends of India…?????Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 6, 2018 - 2:25PM

    Saudi gives Air India overflight rights for its Israel routes:

    NetanyahuIsrael has no quearl with the house of Saud whom they recognise as the caretakers of the muslim holy sites. Both being the elite members of the Trumpers camp.

    Rex Minor. Recommend

  • Fareed Shahid
    Mar 6, 2018 - 2:27PM

    @Shakeel Mahota:
    if only idiots like BJP etc have some sense.Indian channels seem to be more obsessed with Pakistan than anyone else.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 6, 2018 - 4:33PM

    The cryptojews that are the Saudi Royal family are beginning to reveal themselves and their intentions. Recommend

  • Jawad
    Mar 6, 2018 - 7:09PM

    @Haji Atiya
    A number of arabs tribe are Jewish converts. In fact, Arabs have close genetic affinity to Jews.Recommend

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