Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch daily scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological center of Israel.
The launch of flights follows the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two nations, and the signing of the Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel in Washington D.C. on 15 September and Etihad will become the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Tel Aviv from the 19th of October 2020.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said that Etihad is happy with the signing of the new bilateral agreement between these important cities.
“The commencement of scheduled flights is a historic moment and as an airline, cements Etihad’s commitment to growing opportunities for trade and tourism not just between the two countries but also within the region and beyond.”
The new service which will take effect from 28 March 2021 will provide greater choice and convenience for point-to-point business and leisure for travelers between the UAE and Israel. It will not only promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi but will also give Emiratis and UAE residents the opportunity to discover Israel’s historical sites, beaches, restaurants, and nightlife.
Departures will be on time to connect via Abu Dhabi to key gateways across the Etihad network, including China, India, Thailand, and Australia.
Flying to, from, and via Abu Dhabi is being supported by the Etihad Wellness sanitization and safety program, which will ensure the highest standards of hygiene at every stage of the customer journey. This includes specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, a first in the industry, another service, which has been by the airline to provide essential travel health information and care on the ground and on every flight, so guests can fly with greater ease and peace of mind.