flag service El Al Israel Airlines mentioned on Thursday it could not be capable to preserve a full flight schedule to Dubai from Sunday attributable to disagreements over safety preparations in Dubai.
Tens of hundreds of Israelis who had already bought tickets won’t be able to fly, it mentioned. El Al and two native rivals known as on the Israeli authorities to intervene.
One choice, they mentioned in a letter made public, was to safe from Dubai authorities “an additional allocation of security tags, to an extent that will allow the Israeli companies to handle the entire planned flight schedule.”
The different was to reroute flights operated by airways in each international locations away from Dubai to close by Abu Dhabi or different airports to make sure truthful competitors.
Nonstop flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai on El Al and smaller rivals Israir and Arkia have been among the many fruits of a landmark 2020 deal establishing ties between Israel and the UAE. Hundreds of hundreds of Israelis have visited the UAE business hub since.
Israeli and Emirati authorities officers had no speedy remark. The three carriers usually supply about 10 flights a day to Dubai. Now they mentioned solely three Israeli flights whole might be permitted day by day, and that Israeli safety companies instructed them these must cease fully by March 8.
Israel’s Shin Bet safety service has voiced issues – which it didn’t publicly element – about preparations at Dubai International Airport. It has advised that the UAE capital Abu Dhabi may serve in its place for the Israeli carriers, however business officers mentioned that was not commercially viable so long as rivals nonetheless use Dubai.
Emirati state service flydubai operates direct Dubai-Tel Aviv flights and Dubai’s Emirates has been seeking to launch flights to Israel. Etihad Airways and Wizz Air fly from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv.