On Thursday, Bahrain announced that it would allow El Al aircraft flying to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to enter its airspace. The move follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and could substantially reduce flying times between Tel Aviv and the UAE.
Arab nations open their skies to Israel
The Bahrain News Agency issued a press release on September 3, stating that the kingdom would allow all flights between the UAE and all countries to cross its airspace. While Israel wasn’t specifically mentioned, it is included in the decision. The announcement came from an official source at the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications.
The source said that the Civil Aviation Affairs department “had approved the request it had received from the General Civil Aviation Authority in the United Arab Emirates in this regard.”