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Abraham Accords, World Cup drive increase in Israeli air traffic

Ongoing rapprochement and the World Cup tournament currently underway in Qatar have driven a significant increase in air traffic to the region via Israel.
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Aviation statistics for Israel point to a real revolution: In the month of October alone, 15,663 planes crossed Israel’s air space. Out of these, more than 12,000 landed in Ben Gurion Airport, Israel’s main air-gate. Most of the other flights continued toward other Middle East countries.

This constitutes an increase of 63% over October 2021. Part of the increase is the global rebound from the pandemic, but observers also point to the 2020 Abraham Accords that established diplomatic relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Later, Morocco in North Africa and Sudan in east Africa signed similar agreements.

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