Air India said on Wednesday it plans to begin direct flights to Israel and has proposed they pass through Saudi airspace, a route so far off-limits to Israel-bound commercial planes. Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel and lifting the year-old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties between Israel and the kingdom, both US allies with a shared concern over Iranian influence in the region. The Airports Authority said the service would begin in early March. Air India was awaiting clearance from the Indian aviation regulator to fly over Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said.
Over 86, pilgrims are planned to depart from 20 Iranian airports to destination Jeddah and Medina from what will be a resumption of direct air links. Last time an Iranian passenger aircraft landed in Saudi Arabia, and vice versa, was in December before the severing of ties. Although this will only be a charter service exclusively for the Hajj season, it can be seen as a step towards normalisation in aviation ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
During previous years, IranAir used its Boeing fleet to fly Hajj pilgrims but with the entire fleet being retired, the airline changes focus to a plain operation of Airbus aircraft to Saudi Arabia. Even though the Airbus A and A fleets now are better available for Hajj operations, IranAir will still be forced to suspend a number of domestic routes to shift the capacity to Hajj.
As many of the Iranian airports are handling extra flights during the summer season and in general an increased number of scheduled flights, may become a record year. IRI warned that due to complications at Jeddah and Medina airports, some of the Iranian airports will witness up to 6 times more Hajj traffic during specific days.Air Rewards – Loyalty Program.
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