ABU DHABI, 17 November 2020: 
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch daily
scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological centre
of Israel.

The launch of flights follows the normalisation of
diplomatic ties between the two nations and the signing of the Abraham Accords
between the UAE and Israel in Washington DC on 15 September. Only a month
later, Etihad became the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger
flight to and from Tel Aviv on 19 October 2020.

Etihad Aviation Group chief operating officer, Mohammad Al
Bulooki said: “Following the signing of the new bilateral agreement, Etihad is
delighted to announce a direct link between these important cities.

“The commencement of scheduled flights cements Etihad’s
commitment to growing opportunities for trade and tourism not just between the
two countries but also within the region and beyond.”

The new service effective from 28 March 2021 will provide a
greater choice for business and leisure travellers from across Etihad’s network
to Israel. It will not only promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi but
will also give travellers the opportunity to discover Israel’s historical
sites, beaches, restaurants and nightlife.

Departures will be conveniently timed to connect via Abu
Dhabi to key gateways across the Etihad network including China, India,
Thailand and Australia.