Israel’s El Al Airlines, UAE’s Etihad explore joint codeshares

Israel’s El Al Airlines, UAE’s Etihad explore joint codeshares
An Airbus A380 rolls out of a paint hangar during a branding ceremony of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, September 25, 2014. (Reuters)
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Updated 19 November 2020

Israel’s El Al Airlines, UAE’s Etihad explore joint codeshares

Israel’s El Al Airlines, UAE’s Etihad explore joint codeshares
  • El Al and Etihad said the MoU aimed for greater commercial cooperation in various areas such as cargo, engineering and pilot and cabin crew training facilities
  • Etihad chief executive Tony Douglas said the deal ‘is the foundation of what we envision will be a strong ongoing relationship between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv’

JERUSALEM: El Al Israel Airlines and Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ national airline, said on Thursday they signed a deal to explore deeper cooperation such as joint codeshares between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv and other destinations.
Israel and the UAE agreed in September to establish diplomatic relations, breaking a longstanding taboo, and paving the way for economic cooperation.
El Al and Etihad said the memorandum of understanding aimed for greater commercial cooperation in various areas such as cargo, engineering and pilot and cabin crew training facilities.
Etihad has said it intends to start daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv starting on March 28, 2021.
Etihad chief executive Tony Douglas said the deal “is the foundation of what we envision will be a strong ongoing relationship between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.”
El Al has not yet announced flights to the UAE although smaller Israeli carriers Arkia and Israir have said they would launch flights to Dubai next month.
Israir has already applied for permission to offer services between Dubai and Bahrain, with a plan to provide combined trips to the two countries. Israir will launch its Bahrain route in January.
El Al separately said it would restart flights three times a week to Newark, New Jersey in the United States on December 1 in addition to its flights to JFK Airport in New York. It will also resume flights to Moscow on November 26. Israel’s borders to foreigners are still closed but El Al has already resumed flights to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Zurich, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Athens and Kiev for Israeli citizens.


Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations

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Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations

Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations
  • Alternate Prime Minister welcomed the return of contact between the Palestinian Authority and Israel
  • He called on Palestinians to coordinate with Israel on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz called on the Palestinians to return to negotiations and coordination regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel will provide COVID-19 vaccines for the Palestinians, Israeli Defense Minister said on Friday.

Gantz addressed the Palestinian public directly for the first time in a video posted on the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories's (COGAT) Arabic language Facebook page.

COGAT is a unit in the Israeli Ministry of Defense that engages in coordinating civilian issues between the government,  international organizations and the Palestinian Authority.

The minister also claimed that Tel Aviv was ready to push for large projects in Gaza, provided that prisoners and missing persons are returned.

The proposed projects with Gaza will allow the exit of workers and joint industrial zones, he added.

“The Middle East is changing,” the minister said, touching on recent normalization agreements made between Israel and Arab countries.

“It is in your interest to integrate and to return to the negotiation table and create hope for the future of the next generations,” he said.