The Two countries have officially agreed to allow flights passing over one country to also fly over the other; Regev: We are once again breaking new boundaries, and this time it is in the air.
Israel and Jordan have now signed an airtime agreement that paves the way for international flights to pass through both respective countries. While this deal, or something of the like, has been on the able for some time, it was made quicker by the recent normalization of ties between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.
An additional factor in speeding up the process was Saudi Arabia allowing Israeli flights to fly through its air on the way to the UAE.
Israeli Transportation Minister Miri Regev stated, “We are once again breaking new boundaries, and this time it is in the air. Thanks to this agreement, Israel is better integrated into the region. We are opening new routes for cooperation in transportation, economics and diplomacy with the states sharing borders and shared interests with us, and a partnership in the vision for regional peace.”
Ultimately, now flights that are travelling over either Israel or Jordan can also fly over the other country, significantly reducing the flight’s time in the air. It’s also significant because flight expenses will decrease due to shorter flight durations.