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Oman opens airspace to Israeli flights, following Saudi Arabia

Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen has thanked the Sultan of Oman and the Biden administration for an airspace agreement that will shorten Israeli flight times to Asia considerably.
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Oman announced on Thursday that it will open its airspace to all carriers — including Israel's — that meet the safety requirements of its civil aviation authority.

The Omani announcement did not refer to Israel specifically, but the news means that Israeli aircrafts will be authorized to fly through its skies. Last July, Saudi Arabia made a similar announcement, authorizing all carriers to pass through its airspace. Similarly, the Saudi announcement did not mention Israel, but the decision clearly enabled Israeli flights to pass through its skies.

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