At present, Israel's flag carrier El Al is the only airline offering direct flights between Israel and India on the Tel Aviv-Mumbai route.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Monday that an airline flying to Tel Aviv has been granted access to Saudi Arabia's airspace. The Israeli PM is also in talks with the national carrier so that the permission given to Air India would not affect the national carrier economically.
In February, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Saudi Arabia had granted permission, for the first time, for Air India flights headed to Israel to use its airspace.
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Such an agreement would reduce India-Israel flight time by 2hrs.
PRIME Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saudi Arabia had agreed to allow Air India to use its airspace in flights to and from Israel in what could indicate a warming of ties.
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.
But an Air India spokesman denied the Prime Minister's comments several hours later, stressing they had not received any confirmation and had only submitted a request for a flight along that route.
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Additionally, bin Salman will visit the Cathedral of St.Mark in Abbasiya where he will meet with Pope Tawadros II. Also, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayib will receive the Saudi crown prince at Al Azhar Mosque on Monday.
Air India has not published when it would begin its flights to Tel Aviv, with media speculating they are due to start later in March.
EI AI Israel Airlines now has four weekly flights to Mumbai and it takes seven hours as they fly south toward Ethiopia and then east to India, avoiding the Saudi airspace.
This has been credited to the shakeup of Saudi domestic and foreign policy, spearheaded by the young and ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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