A Bahraini Gulf Air airliner
A Bahraini Gulf Air airliner
Photo: Zohar Azar
A Bahraini Gulf Air airliner

Israel, Bahrain ink deal on direct flights

Following similar agreement with the UAE, Manama and Jerusalem agree to 14 weekly commercial and 5 cargo flights a week, including unlimited flights between Bahraini capital and Eilat's Ramon Airport

Itay Blumenthal |
Published: 10.22.20 , 18:51
Just days after the signing of a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel and Bahrain signed a deal on Thursday, establishing direct commercial flights between the two countries.
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  • According to the Transportation Ministry, up to 14 weekly flights will operate between Ben Gurion Airport and Bahrain International Airport.
    A Bahraini Gulf Air airliner A Bahraini Gulf Air airliner
    A Bahraini Gulf Air airliner
    (Photo: Zohar Azar)
    The agreement will also include five weekly cargo flights along with an unlimited number of flights between Manama and Ramon Airport near Eilat.
    Transportation Minister Miri Regev said that the agreement will boost the aviation and tourism industry and commerce between the two nations.
    She also said it will lead to the eventual formation of “express routes” that will allow passengers to travel from Ben Gurion Airport to Manama in roughly three hours.
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    An Emirati Ethihad airliner at Ben Gurion Airport
    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called the agreement “a partnership between equals that will lead to the beginning of a wave of business, economy, tourism, the promotion of Israeli assets, presenting its beautiful side and our outstretched hand for peace between us and the countries of the region.”
    The Israel-UAE aviation deal, signed earlier this week, will enable 28 weekly flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The agreement will also enable 10 weekly cargo flights, with unlimited charter flights between the UAE and Eilat.
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