The first direct flight from Israel to the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh landed on Sunday. An Israeli foreign ministry official confirmed the landing on Twitter. The new route will be serve by Sundor, a subsidiary of Israeli airline El Al. In view of the strong demand, at least three flights a week are plan according to media reports.
Israel and Egypt agreed last month to expand direct flights between the two countries. Numerous Israelis visit the Sinai Peninsula during the Jewish Passover celebrations.
Egyptair, the state-owned airline, launched direct flights to Israel in October. Egyptair’s subsidiary Air Sinai had previously flown on the route for decades. However, it was describe as a “phantom airline” because the machines were not mark. The flights were also suspend during the corona pandemic.
Direct flights as a sign of rapprochement
Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, and Jordan took the same step in 1994. However, the relationship has long been consider cold.
The new direct flights were seen as a sign of rapprochement. The move followed Israel’s establishment of diplomatic ties with four other Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
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