An EgyptAir plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Sunday morning in the first commercial flight of the Egyptian state-owned company to Israel.
In a statement, the Israeli embassy in Cairo welcomed the resumption of flights between the two countries after a months-long hiatus due to the Corona epidemic, and the embassy described this step as an “important sign for strengthening bilateral relations, especially economic relations between the two countries.”
The plane was received by imitation of spraying water on the airport runway as it approached the arrival gate.
The Israel Speaks Arabic Facebook page announced that the company will operate four weekly flights between Cairo and Israel.
Air Sina, a subsidiary of EgyptAir, but does not carry the official flag of the state, has been operating flights between the two countries since the eighties of the last century, following the signing of the peace agreement between the two countries in 1979.
This comes after a meeting held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh about two weeks ago, in a visit that is the first of its kind in nearly ten years.
Israel lifted travel restrictions imposed on its citizens visiting the Sinai Peninsula last month after lowering the level of a travel warning it had imposed on travel to the Sinai for many years last August, after a visit by the Director General of Egyptian Intelligence Abbas Kamel to Israel.