Budget airline flydubai on Thursday launched direct flights to Tel Aviv, the first scheduled commercial service between the two cities, following the normalisation of ties between the UAE and Israel.

A flight operated by budget airline flydubai from Dubai landed in Tel Aviv on Thursday, marking the first scheduled commercial flight service between the two cities.

The flight was welcomed with an official ceremony at Israel’s international Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv.

“This is a historic moment — a first commercial flight between Dubai and Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the ceremony.

In October, an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi landed in Tel Aviv, marking the first commercial passenger flight from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landing in Israel.

In September, the UAE and Bahrain signed normalization deals with Israel during a ceremony at the White House.

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