Etihad Airways will launch daily scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv on March 28, 2021.

The launch of services to Israel’s economic and technological hub follows the normalisation of diplomatic ties between the UAE and Israel and the signing of the Abraham Accords between the two nations in Washington D.C. on September 15.

A month later on October 19, Etihad became the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Tel Aviv.

“Following the signing of the new bilateral agreement, Etihad is delighted to announce a direct link between these important cities,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group (EAG).

“The commencement of scheduled flights is a historic moment and as an airline, 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 will provide greater choice and convenience for point-to-point business and leisure travellers between the UAE and Israel.

It will not only promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi, but also give Emiratis and UAE residents 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.