Flights between the Emirates and Israel were postponed due to the coronavirus

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Flights between the Emirates and Israel were postponed due to the coronavirus


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.



El Al plane lands for the first time in Emirates.


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El Al plane lands for the first time in Emirates.


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.



El Al


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El Al

“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.

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