First ‘Egyptair’ flight lands in Israel

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An EgyptAir Boeing 737-800 slowing down on the runway at Berlin Schönefeld Airport after landing after a flight from Cairo on June 11, 2010. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
OCCUPIED JERSUASLEM  — A plane branded with the logo of national Egyptian carrier Egyptair landed in Israel for the first time Sunday, a flight described as “historic” by the Israel Airports Authority.اضافة اعلان

Egypt was the first Arab nation to establish ties with Israel in a 1979 peace deal, and direct flights between the countries followed that accord. 

But the Egyptian flights to Israel had previously been operated by an Egyptair subsidiary, Air Sinai, set up exclusively for the Israel route, creating a buffer between Egyptair and Israel. 

But Egyptair will now run four flights per week into Israel under its own banner, IAA spokesman Ofer Lefler told AFP. 

He called Sunday’s landing “a historic first”.

The move comes after a visit to Egypt last month by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for talks with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Bennett said he and Sisi had “created a foundation for deep ties in the future.”
Thousands of Israeli tourists typically visit Egypt annually, including to the Sinai desert and Red Sea resorts. 

Five Arab states have normalized ties with Israel since Egypt became the first.

Next was Jordan, in 1994 and, since the summer of 2020, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco have followed suit.

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