EgyptAir flight lands in Tel Aviv for the first time in decades – Foreign Affairs – Egypt
File photo: Airport staff walk next to an Egyptair plane after it lands on the runway at Cairo airport, Egypt. Reuters
The flight was greeted with a water cannon salute to mark the occasion, the Jerusalem Post said.
Since the 1980s, the only flights between Israel and Cairo were operated by Air Sinai, a subsidiary of EgyptAir, which operated flights with aircraft without a flag.
According to the Egyptian flagship carrier’s flight schedule, EgyptAir will operate four weekly direct flights from Cairo to Tel Aviv starting in October.
Ticket prices range from EGP 4,500 (approximately $ 285.7) to EGP 4,900 ($ 311) for one-way flights, which last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Sunday’s flight comes nearly two weeks after newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made his first visit to Egypt, meeting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Red Sea.
Bennett’s visit was also the first visit by an Israeli prime minister in general to Egypt since 2011.
El-Sisi and Bennett’s meeting discussed the latest developments regarding the Middle East peace process.
President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s support for all efforts aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East on the basis of the two-state solution and international resolutions in a manner that contributes to ensuring security and prosperity in the region.
According to the statement by the Israeli prime minister’s office on the meeting, Bennett said Egypt’s role “is important in the region” and that after four decades the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty remains a cornerstone of security and peace. stability in the region.