Air India to commence Delhi to Tel Aviv flight from March 22

Air India to commence Delhi to Tel Aviv flight from March 22

El Al believes that Air India's new route represents a precedent that provides foreign carriers with a major advantage and prevents equal and fair competition.

El Al Israel Airlines has appealed to the United Nations over a bid to reroute its services between Tel Aviv and India through Saudi Arabian airspace.

"It is for the them to decide on our request, but we haven't yet received any communication about it from the regulator".

Israel and India have seen a surge in cooperation under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Netanyahu had told reporters that Saudi Arabia has given Air India approval to fly through its airspace on flights between Israel and India.

In February, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Saudi Arabia had granted permission, for the first time, for Air India flights headed to Israel to use its airspace.

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A spokesman for the Israel Airports Authority confirmed Air India has received permission to land at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. It will depart from New Delhi at 4:50 pm and arrive in Tel Aviv at 8:25 pm.

Jerusalem Post had reported that after his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Netanyahu said that Air India signed an agreement that day enabling the flights to and from Israel over Saudi Arabia.

The Air India flights will save flying time due to their shorter route.

But the decision also signifies warmer ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which have been seen as having increasingly covert relations over the past year.

- Correction: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect title for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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