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Jordan Opens Airspace to Israel in New Aviation Deal

10-08-2020
 this April 21, 2013, file photo, Israeli El Al planes are parked at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, for Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
this April 21, 2013, file photo, Israeli El Al planes are parked at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, for Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

JERUSALEM, Israel – Jordan and Israel signed an aviation agreement on Thursday that will allow airlines from both countries to use each other’s airspace and cross between the two territories.

The agreement has been years in the making and will come into effect on Friday, Israeli media reported.

The deal is expected to significantly shorten travel time for regional flights.

The aviation deal’s completion was reportedly accelerated by Israel’s recent historic diplomatic agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia announced that it will also allow all airliners, including Israeli planes, to transverse its airspace for travel to and from the Gulf States.

 

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