El Al, Etihad pledge additional air travel cooperation

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Nov 20, 2020

Airlines from the United Arab Emirates and Israel have signed a cooperation pledge as enterprise ties between the 2 states proceed to develop following their normalization deal.

Etihad Airways and El Al Israel Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding, Etihad introduced Thursday. The memorandum is geared towards exploring a number of methods by which the airways can cooperate. This contains codeshare agreements whereby two airways provide the identical flight for reserving, reciprocal frequent flyer packages and cargo commerce between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, in accordance with a press launch.

Etihad Airways is predicated within the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, whereas El Al is predicated in Israel’s largest metropolis, Tel Aviv. Both are the flagship airways of their respective nations.

Israel and the UAE established diplomatic relations in September in an settlement brokered by the United States. Bahrain quickly adopted and acknowledged Israel and Gulf-Israel ties typically have improved in recent times. Since the settlement, quite a few firms within the UAE and Israel have signed agreements pledging to do enterprise collectively. Tourists are additionally now touring between the 2 nations.

Air travel is a serious a part of the nations’ newly established relations. For years, Israeli planes couldn’t fly over many Arab states’ airspace or land of their airports. Etihad introduced this week that it could begin every day providers to Israel in March 2021. The price range provider flydubai can even begin every day flights between the Emirates’ largest metropolis and Tel Aviv this month.

Both El Al and Etihad have suffered main monetary setbacks this 12 months because the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on International travel.