Saudi Arabia has formally let all airlines from all nations to use its airspace. Israeli airlines will now be free to access the nation’s airspace thanks to the decision.
Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in an official statement, said that all airline carriers may now fly over Saudi territory, provided that certain conditions are met.
The choice complies with international agreements that forbid discrimination against passenger jets. According to the statement, it will strengthen Saudi Arabia’s status as a crossroads between three continents.
The news breaks just before US Vice President Joe Biden travels to Saudi Arabia. Today, the US President will fly from Israel to Saudi Arabia, making him the first US leader to do so.
Israel had also asked Saudi Arabia earlier this month to permit direct flights between the two nations in order to assist the former’s Muslim residents.
Esawi Freij, the regional cooperation minister for Israel and a member of the nation’s 18% Muslim minority, expressed his anticipation for the day when he will be able to travel straight to Saudi Arabia to perform his religious duties.