Saudi Arabia okays UAE request to use airspace for all routes
SAUDI ARABIA approved the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) request to use the kingdom's airspace for all flights, reports London's Air Cargo News
SAUDI ARABIA approved the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) request to use the kingdom's airspace for all flights, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The request comes after an Israeli flights crossed Saudi airspace for the first time. The move carried a delegation between Israeli and American officials, with the UAE and Israel normalizing relations last month.
The opening of Saudi skies reflects the growing willingness by Gulf Arab states to publicly recognise their warming ties with Israel.
The airline started selling tickets to Israeli passengers in the lead-up to normal commercial flights between the UAE and Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced any airline, including Israeli ones, could now fly directly to the UAE through the Saudi airspace, and it would help eliminate hours on routes to Asia.virgin bailout