All airlines from all nations around the globe are now permitted to fly in Saudi Arabia’s airspace. Additionally, the decision will allow Israeli airplanes to access the nation’s airspace as well.
According to the official announcement from Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the Saudi airspace is now accessible to all airline operators subject to the fulfillment of particular standards for overflights, according to the official announcement from Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
The choice is in accordance with international agreements that forbid prejudice against passenger planes. According to the statement, it would further solidify Saudi Arabia’s status as a crossroads of the world that links 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 go straight to Saudi Arabia to do his religious duties.