Saudi Government Refuses to Allow Israeli Flights to use Airspace

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Saudi Government Refuses to Allow Israeli Flights to use Airspace
Saudi Government Refuses to Allow Israeli Flights to use Airspace
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According to Israeli media, an Israeli carrier was forced on Tuesday to cancel a flight to Dubai after failure to obtain Saudi permission to fly through its airspace.

Israeli army radio said the passengers waited for 10 hours at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv before the Israeli flight was canceled. The reason for the Saudi refusal to grant permission to the Israeli flight remains unclear. Since November, Riyadh has allowed Israeli flights to use the Saudi airspace en route to Dubai after diplomatic ties between UAE and Israel normalized.

Without using Saudi airspace, flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) will be difficult and unsustainable, as it makes the flight period eight hours instead of three hours.

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