In a historic first, commercial flydubai flight touches down in Tel Aviv

"We are flying at breakneck speed into new era in the Middle East," Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday as he welcomed the first commercial flight from Dubai landing in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu hailed the historic moment, saying that the landing paved the way to many more flights connecting Israel with the UAE, which now has a visa-free travel accord with the Jewish state, and other friendly Gulf states.

‘Welcome, and come back again and again!’ the PM said.

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The flight was operated by the Emirati budget airline flydubai, which is now launching a direct air corridor between the two cities following the normalization of ties between the UAE and Israel.

The United Arab Emirates in September signed a landmark US-brokered deal to formalize relations with Israel, the first such agreement by an Arab state in the Gulf.
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