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The Sultanate of Oman announced today the approval of the passage of flights of Israeli airlines in its airspace, so we checked to which destinations our flight will be shortened, which will surely affect even the most

Holiday Inn Hotel, Goa, India (Photo: Yaron Zilberstein)

Due to the announcement by the Sultanate of Oman today (Thursday) about the approval of Israeli airline flights in its airspace, we checked which airlines will be shortened in terms of flight hours, and there is great news for Israelis.

So after Saudi Arabia agreed that Israeli planes could pass through its territory, with the signing of the Abraham Accords, the flight time to Dubai and Abu Dhabi was shortened, but in order to continue to the Far East, to countries like Thailand or the Philippines, permission had to be obtained from Oman, which, as mentioned, has not been granted to this day.

As a result of receiving the approval today, El Al, Israir and Arkia will be able to fly to the Far East in less time, which will shorten the flight time, fuel expenses and probably also the price of the ticket, especially since the flights are expensive this year.

A shortening of about three hours of flight to the east.

Flight path to Bangkok, long versus short (photo: El Al)

So which lines will benefit?

El Al's line to India will be shortened significantly, just as Air India's line

to Mumbai

is shortened .

"Shortening the flight path will make it possible to shorten the flight times to India from eight hours to 5.5, and will also make it possible to fly to this destination in a narrow-body plane," said El Al spokeswoman Ofari Eliyahu-Rimoni.

The flight path to Thailand

will also

be shortened from 11 to 8.5 hours.

Also, there will be an opportunity to fly to Australia in a time frame of about 15-16 hours.

Arkia is also already warming up its engines in preparation for the resumption of its flights to the East.

"Arkia is preparing to renew its flights

to Goa, Kochien

and will consider adding a new destination

to Bombay

," says Oz Berlovitz, the company's CEO. However, last year Arkia announced the opening of a route to Goa, which did not materialize in the end, leaving many passengers who purchased tickets very frustrated. Let's hope that this year the line will finally be implemented.

In addition, the company is preparing to operate direct flights

to Sri Lanka

, when the shortening of the route will shorten the flight time by about two hours.

Arkia will operate the Airbus 321 neo long range aircraft intended for medium and long range to destinations in India and Sri Lanka.

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The route to India will be shortened by about two to three hours, depending on the destination.

Goa (Photo: ShutterStock)

There is no doubt that the new news today will create for the Israeli airlines, except for Israel Air, which currently does not fly to the East, the possibility of opening new direct flights to which we have not yet flown, such as the Philippines, where in recent years there has been a lot of talk about the opening


a Philippine Airlines line to Tel Aviv, or


, which is also a destination Desirable mainly among the business sector and also a line

to Australia

that will be shortened from two flights and 24 hours to only 15 hours (almost like the line to Los Angeles).

Other destinations that will be relevant to Israelis are

the Maldives

and also


, which will soon be very popular with families, retirees and young people after the military.

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Source: walla

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