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Israeli Minister negotiating Saudi air link

Carrying on after US President Donald Trump’s first direct flight between Israel and Saudi Arabia since the birth of the Jewish State, now Minister Ayoob Kara seeking Israeli aircraft use of the Kingdom’s airspace.

By i24NEWS


An Israeli cabinet minister wants Saudi Arabia to permit Israeli pilgrims to board direct flights from Tel Aviv to Mecca, building on the success of US President Donald Trump in making the first direct flight between the two countries in recent memory.

Currently, Muslim citizens of Israel must schlep by bus, via Jordan, through the Arabian desert in order to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site. Continue Reading »

Historical first: Palestinian pilgrims set to fly from Israel to Saudi Arabia


Following Air Force One being the first plane to fly directly from Riyadh to Ben Gurion Airport, President Donald Trump’s team initiated talks for flights intended for Muslims wishing to visit Saudi religious sites in Mecca and Medina.

By Itamar Eichner


The United States, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel have recently been conducting secret negotiations to coordinate the first flight of Palestinian pilgrims from Ben Gurion airport to Saudi Arabia, with a short layover on the way, probably in Jordan.

Yedioth Ahronoth, Ynet’s sister print publication, learned of the intention to organize a special plane in which only Palestinian passengers between Israel and Saudi Arabia will be able to fly. Continue Reading »

Irish airline Ryanair begins 7 new Europe to Israel routes starting at $22


Expanding services to Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport, low-cost Ryanair airline boosts operations in Israel with tickets as low as $22.
• Tourism minister: Reduce ticket costs will promote tourism from  new routes including Warsaw, Budapest, Milan and Baden-Baden.

By Ilan Gattegno


Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair officially released their new flight schedule for the current winter season on Wednesday, with 19 regular routes to Israel. Seven new routes will service Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and eight new destinations will join the four existing routes servicing Eilat’s Ovda Airport, which fly to Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Kaunas.

Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport, terminal 3 reception hall.

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Israel, Japan open Far-East skies with direct commercial flights


The new agreement, also allowing Israeli cargo flights via Japan to 3rd countries, will allow 14 direct flights weekly between Israel and Japan.
• This year brought new flight routes to Beijing, Hong Kong, and now Tokyo. “The skies to the Far East continue to open,” Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz says.

By Ilan Gattegno


Israel and Japan on Thursday signed an agreement to form new, direct commercial flight paths between the two countries.

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JAL – Photo courtesy

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Japanese Ambassador to Israel Koji Tomita signed the deal in Jerusalem in a ceremony attended by Transportation and Foreign Ministry officials, representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Japanese deputy ambassador and commercial attache. Continue Reading »

Cathay Pacific to begin Tel Aviv-Hong Kong flights in March 2017


Cathay Pacific, which has 4 times won World’s Best Airline award, will begin operating four weekly flights to Hong Kong and back as of March 2017.

By Ilan Gattegno


Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, considered one of the best in the world, will begin operating direct flights from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv as of March 2017.

Cathay Pacific Tel Aviv-Hong Kong line will further increase competition over Far East flights – Photo: Courtesy

The route is awaiting government approval, but once the license is granted, it will begin with four weekly flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport, using the advanced Airbus 350-900 planes recently purchased by the airline. Continue Reading »

United Airlines announce non-stop Tel Aviv-San Francisco flights


United Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner flights will depart Tel Aviv on Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays with return flights departing San Francisco on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.



It’s about to get a little easier to do business between Silicon Valley and the Start-up Nation.

United Airlines on Thursday announced that it will launch a non-stop flight between Tel Aviv and San Francisco.

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 15, 2015. – Photo: REUTERS

The three new flights will launch on April 1, just four months after American Airlines lays to rest its non-stop flight between Tel Aviv and Philadelphia.

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China to Begin 3 Flights a Week From Beijing to Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport


Israel’s ambassador convinced Hainan Airlines, China’s largest private airline, that the Israel-China flights will translate into financial gains from the increase in Chinese/Israeli tourism.

By Itamar Eichner


Hainan Airlines, the largest private flight company in China, announced Friday morning the establishment of its first direct flights to and from Israel.

The announcement came after a long string of meetings between embassy officials including Israel’s Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai who convinced the airline’s president of the financial benefits of having flights between the two countries.

Hainan Airlines – Photo: Shutterstock

The flights are due to begin on April 28 and will take place three times a week on Sundays Tuesdays and Thursdays, the days El Al doesn’t fly to Beijing. Continue Reading »