Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Air has said it will start daily direct flights to the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, from next year. According to Arab News, Etihad Air said in a statement on Monday that the flights would start from March 28.
The announcement comes at a time when the aviation industry is in crisis due to the coronavirus epidemic. Etihad Air has also reduced the number of employees.
Abu Dhabi has not allowed foreigners into the airport and has not said how long the ban on the coronavirus will last. However, Dubai has allowed foreign passengers to enter the airport. Emirates’ state-run airline Fly Dubai will start direct flights to Tel Aviv this month, while the Dubai airport operator has said that Israeli airlines’ Israir Airlines and ELAL will fly from Tel Aviv. Flights to Dubai will start in December. Etihad, Fly Dubai, and Israel’s ELAL have already launched charter flights between the UAE and Israel this month.