Direct flights between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, scheduled for October, have been postponed until January due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an Israeli official reported in Dubai on Tuesday.
These connections are expected to promote trade and tourism between the two countries, which signed a historic agreement on August 15 in Washington to normalize their relations and seek to mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus pandemic.
However, severe measures against COVID-19 and a new lockdown in Israel, which has one of the highest infection rates in the world, have led to a postponement of flights.
“There were to be direct flights in October, but Israel closed. Now when I talk to officials here and there, it is evoked on January 1,” Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan Nahum told AFP during a visit to Dubai, also co-founder of the United Arab Emirates-Israel Affairs Council.
He also assured that tourism will be one of the first sectors to benefit from the normalization of relations.