Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv next spring, a move that deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the normalization agreement.
Direct flights on Etihad between the emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv will begin March 28, the state-owned carrier said in a statement. Tickets are already available on Etihad’s website.
Etihad said the start of regular service with Israel would turn Abu Dhabi into a crucial travel hub for Israelis traveling to China, India and Australia.
The announcement comes after Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai said it would begin offering direct flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv later this month.