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Israel, Egypt expand flight routes

Travelers will be able to enjoy non-stop journeys between between Tel Aviv and Sharm El-Sheikh as early as next month.

By Erin Viner

The expanded bilateral aviation ties were announced by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

Currently, Egyptair operates only direct flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem’s Israir airline announced that it is planning to add 15 weekly flights on the Tel Aviv-Sharm El-Sheikh route, once all the necessary approvals have been finalized.

Cooperation between the two countries is expanding in many areas, and this contributes to both peoples and to the stability of the region,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

The Israeli Premier met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in September, marking the first official talks between Jerusalem and Cairo for a decade.

Bennett, who took office in June 2021, thanked Sisi for the warm hospitality and invitation to visit the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The two leaders discussed a “long series of issues, including ways to deepen and strengthen bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on widening the scope of reciprocal trade, as well as a long series of regional and international issues.

Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979.