Thursday, July 26, 2018

El Al Drops Suit to Block Air India Flights to Israel via Saudi Airspace

El Al Airlines said Wednesday it had withdrawn its lawsuit seeking to restrict any new flights to the country via Saudi airspace until it could also use the shortened route. El Al said its decision followed a hearing in the High Court of Justice on the matter on July 18. The statement did not provide further details, but justices had urged the airline to drop the suit. Israel’s flag carrier filed the suit in March claiming unfair competition after Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel by Air India. Although the move signaled a thawing of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Riyadh has shown no sign of allowing an Israeli carrier to use its airspace. Instead, El Al must take a more circuitous path to avoid Saudi Arabia, which it says adds two hours to flight times and increases costs.
26/07/18 Harretz

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