The first direct commercial flight from Israel to Bahrain has successfully taken place. An Israir-operated flight took off from Tel Aviv and flew direct to Manama, Bahrain’s capital.
It represents the first time in history a commercial flight has flown direct between the two nations. The flight also notably passed through Saudi airspace after both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia opened up airspace access to Israel earlier in the month.
The flight departed early morning at 07:55 from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. With a journey time of less than 2 hours 30 minutes, the plane touched down at Bahrain International Airport at 10:17 local time (GMT+3). Soon after landing, Israeli Broadcasting Corporation commented: “For the first time, an airplane belonging to Israir Company used Saudi airspace on a flight to Bahrain.”
There was no immediate comment from either government after the flight landed. The event was not reserved any special ceremonial touches, unlike last month’s high-profile flight to UAE which carried senior officials including Jared Kushner, the U.S presidential advisor.
However, Israel media reported that a delegation of Israeli officials was onboard the flight. Bahraini government officials and state media have not responded for comment. Likewise, the U.S embassy in Manama, Bahrain, has also stayed quiet.