Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Air India celebrates one year of Tel Aviv-Delhi operations! Pavan Kapoor says connectivity important for boosting India-Israel relationship

The connectivity between India and Israel will influence the bilateral relationship and help in increasing the tourist flow on both the sides, India’s Ambassador to Israel has said. Pavan Kapoor’s remarks came as Indian national carrier Air India celebrated its one year of operations on the Tel Aviv-Delhi sector. The sector is considered a major diplomatic breakthrough given that the flights use Saudi and Omani airspace, registering an impressive growth with average seat occupancy around eighty per cent making it one of the most lucrative sector.

Air India’s staff and the crew celebrated the completion of one year of operations on the route with passengers travelling to Delhi on Monday night at an event organised here at the airport just before the flight took off at 10:35 PM. “It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs. Lots of interesting history which shall be written at some point but it was a sort of fascinating effort when we had the first flight arrive here on March 22nd last year,” Kapoor said.
“It was really a special event and we were glad to be a part of civil aviation history for Israel, I think the first civilian aircraft to arrive at Tel Aviv airport flying over Saudi airspace”, he said at the ceremony. Israel does not have diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and Oman. The permission given to Air India by the two Gulf countries to use their airspace to fly into Tel Aviv has often been presented by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a big success story of his leadership.
09/04/19 PTI/Financial Express

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