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Israel to Start Direct Flights to Egypt's Sharm In April

Israel to Start Direct Flights to Egypt's Sharm In April

Thursday, 17 March, 2022 - 05:15
A general view of Naama bay during sunset in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, November 7, 2015. (Reuters)

Israel is to launch direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh on Egypt's Red Sea coast next month, in an expansion of air links between the two countries, officials said Wednesday.

"The route from Ben Gurion International Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh will open soon. Flights are expected to begin during the intermediate days of Passover next month," a statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office said, AFP reported.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: "This agreement will bring Israel and Egypt closer together."

The statement said the new air link had been discussed in September talks between Bennett and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the first visit to Egypt by an Israeli premier in a decade.

It was finalized during a visit by a delegation from Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency over the past few days.

Bennett said Israel was "opening up to the countries of the region and the basis for this longstanding recognition is the peace between Israel and Egypt".

Direct flights already link Cairo with Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv.

Until 2020, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab governments to have normalized relations with Israel.

That year, they were joined by Bahrain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, which all now operate direct flights to the Jewish state.

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