Israeli tourism, travel and media representatives will visit the United Arab Emirates this week on the invitation of state carrier Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry.
The representatives will depart Tel Aviv for Abu Dhabi on Oct. 19 and return from Abu Dhabi on Oct. 21, Etihad said on Monday.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad will operate the flights, which it said would be the first commercial passenger service from a Gulf state to Israel.
Today, we make history. Etihad has become the first Gulf airline to operate a passenger flight to Israel. And this is only the beginning...— Etihad Airways (@etihad) October 19, 2020
Salam and Shalom! pic.twitter.com/KT66QFfqmg
Israeli tourism executives, travel and cargo agents and media will be on board the flights which are being operated in partnership with Israeli logistics company Maman Group, Etihad said.
An Etihad flight landed in Tel Aviv on Monday, where an official welcoming ceremony was held on the tarmac. Israel’s YNet news site reported it carried senior airline officials, businessmen and journalists.
Etihad has previously operated cargo flights to Israel carrying aid for the Palestinians.
Israeli carrier El Al flew to Abu Dhabi in August with Israeli and US government delegations on board.