When Air India begins direct flights from New Delhi to Tel Aviv in the coming weeks, it will take about as long to fly to the Indian capital as it currently takes to fly to London, according to Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
At a briefing with reporters after his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Bibi said that Air India signed an agreement that day enabling the flights to and from the Zionist entity over Saudi Arabia.
He further added that the Saudis did not grant overfly permission to El Al, which operates four weekly flights to Mumbai. Since their flights will now take longer and be more expensive, as the planes consume more fuel because they fly a longer, more circuitous route, he is in talks with the national carrier to ensure that it does not get hurt economically.
Up until now the Saudis have not allowed planes either bound to or coming from "Israeli" to overly their territory, something that has added a number of hours and more expense on flights from Tel Aviv to the East.
Earlier in February, Air India announced that it was planning to begin direct flights to "Israel" that would pass through Saudi air space, but the kingdom, which does not recognize "Israel", denied that the Indian company would be able to do so.
At the time, the "Israel" Airports Authority said that the thrice-weekly flights would begin in early March.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team