El Al petitions Supreme Court; on Air India flights to Tel Aviv over Saudi

Air India began using the new route on March 22 as it reduces flight time

Even as the Air India has begun its thrice a week service to Tel Aviv in Israel flying over Saudi airspace, the national carrier El Al airline announced that it has approached Supreme Court terming it the deal to be unfair.

Certain sections of the media have reported that the EL Al may have petitioned to cancel the authorization of direct Air India flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv via Saudi airspace.

It need be mentioned that Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel and overflight rights to Air India to fly to Tel Aviv has been seen as diplomatic victory for the Israelis.

The Air India began using the new route on March 22 as it reduces flight times between the two cities by more than two hours.

But it is also true that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has so far not allowed Israeli carriers to use its airspace.

It may also be mentioned that El Al flights bound for India currently take a detour along the Red Sea to avoid Saudi and Iranian airspace.

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