Saudi Arabia to permit ‘all international locations’ to fly over its skies

Dubai, September 2

Saudi Arabia introduced on Wednesday that it’ll now enable flights “from all countries” to cross its skies to achieve the United Arab Emirates, a historic first that comes simply days after the dominion let the primary direct Israeli industrial passenger flight use its airspace to achieve the UAE.

The assertion makes no point out of the dominion’s rival, Iran, nor Qatar, which Saudi Arabia is at present boycotting.

It is seemingly a reference to the beginning of economic flights from Israel to the UAE, as any direct flight between the 2 nations would wish to make use of Saudi airspace to be commercially viable.

The Saudi Press Agency mentioned the transfer is available in response to a “request by the UAE” for flights to and from the nation.

Earlier this week, Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, flew with a high-level Israeli delegation to the UAE on the primary direct industrial passenger flight between the 2 international locations, a Star of David emblazoned on the jet’s tail.

The flight traversed Saudi airspace, signaling no less than acquiescence for a breakthrough US-brokered deal by the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel.

Shortly after the Saudi assertion, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Israeli planes and flights from all different international locations can fly straight from Israel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

He made no point out of Saudi Arabia however a direct flight from Israel entails crossing Saudi skies.

“This will reduce the cost of flights, it will shorten the time, this will greatly develop tourism, it will develop our economy,” Netanyahu mentioned in a video assertion launched by his workplace.

“These are the fruits of real peace,” he added. — AP

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