“Encouraged by the 80% and above occupancy rate”, Air India will expand its Tel Aviv-Delhi route via Saudi Arabia to a daily service, The Times of India reports.
The three times weekly service, began operating in March, was making history. It was the first time Saudi Arabia allowed flying directly to Israel over its airspace.
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The Saudi shortcut enables to make the trip in 2.10 hours less than the flying time of 7.25 hours. Air India only direct competitor is El Al. The Israeli carrier flies Mumbai-Tel Aviv route.
“The success of the service is a testament to the strengthening of diplomatic ties between India and Israel and growing people to people contact between the two countries. We are working on the last minute details before announcing the increase in frequency to all days from thrice a week,” the source told Times of India.