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Using Saudi airspace, maiden Air India flight lands in Israel

Tel Aviv: Using Saudi Arabia’s air space, Air India’s maiden flight to Israel landed in Tel Aviv on Friday.

Heralding a new beginning in the people-to-people contact and diplomatic ties between India and Israel, the state-run Air India introduced the direct thrice-a-week flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv yesterday.

Saudi Arabia permitted the airline to use its airspace, enabling it to take a shorter route, covering the distance in 7.25 hours, about 2.10 hours less as compared to the only other airline that flies between the two countries — Israel’s national carrier El Al.

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