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AI asks permission to fly over Saudi Arabia for Delhi-Tel Aviv flights

Air India was awaiting clearance from the Indian aviation regulator to fly over Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said

Reuters  |  JERUSALEM/NEW DELHI 

Air India said on Wednesday it plans to begin direct flights to Israel and has proposed they pass through Saudi airspace, a route so far off-limits to Israel-bound commercial planes. Saudi Arabia does not recognise Israel and lifting the 70-year-old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties between Israel and the kingdom, both U.S. allies with a shared concern over Iranian influence in the region. An Air India spokesman and Israel's Airports Authority said the state-run carrier had requested slots for three weekly flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv. The ...

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First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 20:40 IST
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