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Jerusalem: Israel unveiled, on Wednesday, a direct flight that took off from Tel Aviv to the Bahraini capital, Manama, via Saudi airspace.
The official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said, “For the first time, a plane belonging to Israir Company used Saudi airspace on a flight to Bahrain.”
The broadcasting authority did not disclose the timing of the flight. It only said that it had “taken Israeli official figures to hold talks aimed at establishing a headquarters for the company (Israir) in the Bahraini capital.”
Israir is a private Israeli airline, and it is the second largest in size after the state airline, El Al.
Early this month, Saudi Arabia announced the opening of its airspace to planes flying from Israel to the UAE.
The Saudi authorities did not comment on what was reported by the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.
In the middle of this month, the UAE and Bahrain signed two agreements at the White House to normalize their relations with Israel, despite Palestinian protests.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had spoken by phone with Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Prince Salman bin Hamad.
“The call was exceptional, wonderful and very friendly,” Netanyahu said in a video message.
He added, “We affirmed once again the principles of the Abraham accords, and we talked about accelerating the implementation of the agreements between Bahrain and Israel and how to make this peace an economic, technological and tourism peace, and peace in each of those areas, and you will hear about practical steps in this regard very soon.”