Saudi airspace opens to all flights to and from Israel

The Saudi conclusion will have a enormous effects on journey to the east, with lengthy-haul flight instances slash incredibly significantly.

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US Nationwide Protection Advisor Jake Sullivan introduced this morning that Saudi Arabia has made a decision to approve the opening of its airspace to all plane traveling to and from Israel, devoid of exceptions. “This final decision is the final result of diplomatic activity of the President,” Sullivan stated in advance of the take a look at of Joe Biden to Jeddah later right now on a direct flight to Saudi Arabia, next his meetings with Palestinian leaders in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. “The final decision paves the way for a lot more security and security in the Center East area, which is vital for the persons of the US, and the safety and prosperity of Israel.”

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The significance of the determination is massive for Israeli aviation and tourism with prolonged-haul flights from Ben Gurion airport to the east substantially shortened. Flights to Melbourne will be shortened from 17 hrs to 15.5 several hours, to Bangkok from 11 hrs to 8 hours and 15 minutes and from Mumbai from 8 hours to 5 several hours.

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In exchange Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has gained Israeli agreement to the transfer of the Tiran and Snapir islands from Egyptian to Saudi sovereignty. Israel captured the islands in the course of the 6 Day War in 1967 and handed them to Egypt in 1982.

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In effect Saudi Arabia has had sovereignty over the islands, which manage the entrance to the Red Sea, given that 2018, soon after signing an settlement with Egypt on the matter in 2016. But according to the peace arrangement amongst Israel and Egypt, the islands would continue being a demilitarized zone occupied by a US-led multi-countrywide force. With the islands now passing into Saudi hands, the functions of the multi-nationwide pressure will now transform.

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Published by Globes, Israel business information – en.globes.co.il – on July 15, 2022.

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