Since Saudi Arabia doesn’t officially recognize Israel, granting El Al access to its air space would dramatically indicate a diplomatic shift in its position.
By TOVA COHEN/REUTERS, ARI RABINOVITCH/REUTERS
TEL AVIV – Israel’s flag carrier El Al has asked an airline industry lobby group to help it access Saudi Arabian airspace, so it can compete with Air India’s planned route between India and Israel.
The request came in a letter on Wednesday from El Al’s chief executive to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in which he said he has also approached Israel’s prime minister. Continue Reading »