The first direct commercial flight from Israel to Bahrain has successfully taken place this Wednesday. An Israir operated flight took off from Tel Aviv and flew directly to Manama, Bahrain’s capital.
It represents the first time in history a commercial flight has flown directly between the two nations. The flight also notably passed through Saudi airspace after both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia opened up airspace access to Israel earlier in the month.
The flight departed early morning at 07:55 from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. With a journey time of less than 2 hours 30 minutes, the plane touched down at Bahrain International Airport at 10:17 local time (GMT+3). Soon after landing, Israeli Broadcasting Corporation commented:
“For the first time, an airplane belonging to Israir Company used Saudi airspace on a flight to Bahrain.”
There was no immediate comment from either government after the flight landed. The event was not reserved any special ceremonial touches, unlike last month’s high-profile flight to UAE which carried senior officials including Jared Kushner, the U.S presidential advisor.
However, Israel media reported that a delegation of Israeli officials was onboard the flight. Bahraini government officials and state media have not responded for comment. Likewise, the U.S embassy in Manama, Bahrain, has also stayed quiet.
Details of the plane
The aircraft making the flight was an Airbus 320-232, one of four such models in the Israir fleet. The plane is less than five years old and was delivered to Israir in May 2016. The Airbus 320 range is noted as one of the most reliable planes around with an exceptional safety record. In 2019, the plane eclipsed the Boeing 737 as the highest-selling aircraft in the world.