An EgyptAir jet has landed in Tel Aviv, making the first official direct flight of the Egyptian flag carrier since the two countries signed a landmark peace treaty in 1979
JERUSALEM – The Egyptian national airline made its first official direct flight to Israel on Sunday since the two countries signed a landmark peace treaty in 1979 as an EgyptAir plane touched down at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport .
The airline’s subsidiary, AirSinai, has operated flights to Israel for decades without the company logo, out of fear of public backlash. The national carrier will now operate three weekly flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv with the EgyptAir brands.
The Israeli Embassy in Cairo tweeted that direct flights are “an important and welcome sign of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, especially economic relations.”
Bahrain’s GulfAir last week made its first direct flight to Israel, further strengthening the commercial ties established with the signing of the “Abrahamic Agreements” between Israel and four Arab states last year.
Sunday’s theft came two weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made the first public visit to Egypt by an Israeli leader in more than a decade. He met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Sinai, a sign of the warming of relations between the two countries.
In August, Israel removed a long-standing notice to its citizens regarding travel to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a move seen as a gesture to its strategic partner.