Since the normalization of relations between the Jewish state and Egypt in 1979, flights connecting the two countries have been operated by Air Sinai, a subsidiary of Egypt Air created in 1982 to establish air links, but discreet, between Cairo and Tel Aviv.
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“An Egypt Air plane has landed in Israel, this is a historic first,” Ofer Lefler, spokesperson for the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (IAA), told Ofer Lefler, specifying that there would be “Now four weekly flights of this company” to Israel.
Images released by the IAA on Sunday show an aircraft bearing the distinctive Egypt Air logo on the tarmac at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport.
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Egypt was the first Arab country to sign peace with Israel. Also adjoining the Hebrew state, Jordan also normalized its relations with Israel in 1994, and air links operate between the two countries.
And since the summer of 2020, four Arab countries (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan) have normalized their relations with the Hebrew state giving birth in particular to commercial air links between Tel Aviv and Dubai, Marrakech and Manama.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Egypt in mid-September, the first visit to the country by an Israeli head of government in 10 years, during which he discussed with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ” means of deepening relations ”with these two neighboring countries.
Every year, thousands of Israeli tourists visit Egypt and in particular the Sinai desert, which borders southern Israel.
Note that air links between the Hebrew State and Arab countries have multiplied in recent months. On Monday, August 31, an El Al plane took off from Israel to the United Arab Emirates, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi on behalf of the first direct commercial passenger flight between the two countries.
A little more than a month earlier, more precisely, on Sunday July 25, the Israeli airlines, Israir and El Al launched direct links to Marrakech.