DUBAI — Three Israeli airlines will begin direct flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai in December, with El Al operating twice daily services, Israir offering six weekly flights and Arkia operating a daily service, Dubai Airports said on Wednesday.
El Al will run its service with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, Israir’s flights will be use Airbus A320s and Arkia’s daily flight will be on Embraer E-195 E-Jet aircraft, Dubai Airports, which manages the operations of both of Dubai’s airports, said in a statement.
The UAE and Israel signed an agreement in September to establish full diplomatic relations. This made the UAE along with Gulf neighbour Bahrain the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to seek formal ties with Israel, largely due to shared fears of Iran.
“There is a lot of anticipation following the signing of the historic accords and both sides recognise the importance of enabling air connectivity as one of the first important steps to realising those expectations,” said Jamal Al Hai, Deputy CEO of Dubai Airports.
Last week, the Dubai-based low-cost airline flydubai said it would start twice daily fights between the UAE’s business hub and Tel Aviv this month. The UAE’s biggest airline Emirates will sell tickets on the flydubai service through a codeshare agreement between the carriers.
Meanwhile, Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) received a delegation of representatives of Israeli airlines El Al, Israir and Arkia, at its corporate offices at DXB on Tuesday.
The delegation’s visit follows the signing of a number of bilateral agreements between the two countries, and the recently announced launch of regular commercial flight operations connecting Israel and the UAE.
Jamal Al Hai, Deputy CEO of Dubai Airports said both sides are keen to open-air travel as a first step towards facilitating people to people contact, tourism and trade, and accordingly, “our focus at the meeting was to understand the requirements of the airlines so that we can offer them and our mutual customers – the travellers, the top class experience that Dubai is known for worldwide”.
The two teams discussed preparations for the launch of new, direct air services between Dubai and Tel Aviv, including a twice-daily service by El Al operating Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, six weekly flights by Israir operating the Airbus A320, and daily services by Arkia on the Embraer E-195 E-Jet aircraft, all scheduled for launch in December.
The new services will add an eminent destination to DXB’s existing global network of over 140 destinations, bringing more choice to travellers on both sides, and opening major opportunities for cargo and trade between the two countries.DP World to host Breakbulk Middle East in February 2021.