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Israeli airliner also seeks Saudi airspace use after Air India allowed over flight rights

NEW YORK — A day after India Air began selling tickets for seven-hour Tel Aviv-New Delhi flights, El Al announced that it has appealed to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, requesting that its India-bound planes be allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia.

According to reports Israel’s flagship airline, Air India is gaining a significant advantage because Saudi Arabia has allowed it to fly over its territory when traveling to and from Tel Aviv. Air India is due to start its flight as of March 22.

Israel’s flagship airline has appealed to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, requesting that its flights to New Delhi be allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia. March 7 Air India launched the ticket sale for its inaugural Tel Aviv-New Delhi flight on a new route that uses Saudi Arabia’s airspace. The exclusive Air India advantage violates equality in aviation, claimed El Al.

“I am requesting that the ICAO, which has the power to enforce the provisions of the Chicago Convention, take action …to procure equal permission for El Al to fly above Saudi Arabia,” El Al CEO Gonen Ussishkin wrote in the letter.

Air India launched the ticket sale for the first flights that will travel on the route for about $300 one way. The inaugural flight is set for March 22. The airline plans to operate flights between the two destinations on the new route three times a week.

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