EgyptAir, the national carrier of Egypt, will now begin a direct flight to Tel Aviv after Israeli officials relax several covid-19 rules in the Sinai region.
The route will now open officially next month October after the Sukkot holiday, a major Jewish festival beginning in the eve of 15th of Tishri.
The Tel Aviv-Cairo route have been operated by for several years by only Air Sinai, a subsidiary of EgyptAir, albeit discreetly using unmarked aircraft without the Egyptian insignia.
Air Sinai has been operating direct flights on the route since the 1980s in a sort of unofficial capacity, and thus, to improve political relations between both nations, the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s met on Monday 13, September with Israeli Prime Minister in Sharm El-Sheikh to discussed the peace process in the Middle East.
Apparently, flights have been scheduled to take off from Cairo International Airport on 3, 4, 5, and 7 October.
When flights resumes on the route, EgyptAir will use it’s fully marked aircraft to carry out at least four direct flights every week from Cairo to Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.
This latest development is part of the growing cooperation between Egypt and Israel since the signing of the Peace Accord deal in 1979, thereby reducing hostilities between the Arab nation and the Jewish state.
That same day, Israeli authorities lifted the COVID-19 travel restrictions on the Sinai Peninsula ahead of the Sukkot to ease travel. The restrictions had placed limits the number of Israelis allowed to travel to Sinai.
“We have managed to find a way to both allow unlimited crossings and to also observe coronavirus regulations,” said Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli. “Our freedom of movement is a basic right and must be guarded.”