The first UAE commercial passenger plane landed, Monday morning, at Tel Aviv Airport, coming directly from Abu Dhabi, after the normalization agreement was signed between the two sides.
Israel and the UAE agreed yesterday, Sunday, to operate dozens of regular flights for passenger planes and cargo every week, starting from the coming weeks.
The agreement will be formally signed in a ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, at Ben Gurion International Airport in the presence of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The new agreement will also allow Israeli and foreign airlines to operate flights from Israel to the Far East and Australia via the UAE, which will lead to a reduction in their duration and thus a significant reduction in their prices, according to what the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (Makan) reported.
“Tel Aviv and the Abu Dhabi have reached an agreement to operate 28 flights between (Ben Gurion) airport in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports,” the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported, quoting the Ministry of Transportation.
Last week, the first Emirati cargo ship arrived at Haifa Port directly from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, and a weekly sea line will be opened between Israel and the UAE.
The container ship “MSC Prais” sails on a line connecting India and the UAE with the port of Haifa, and then to the ports on the eastern coast of the United States.
It’s noteworthy that the Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv reached an agreement to normalize relations on August 13, and signed it on September 15 in Washington.