Jerusalem (web Desk): A plane branded with the logo of national Egyptian carrier Egyptair landed in Israel for the first time on Sunday.
Egypt was the first Arab nation to establish ties with Israel in a 1979 peace deal, and direct flights between the countries followed that accord. But the Egyptian flights to Israel had previously been operated by an Egyptair subsidiary, Air Sinai, set up exclusively for the Israel route, creating a buffer between Egyptair and the Jewish state.
Egyptair will now run four flights per week into Israel under its own banner, the Israel Airports Authority spokesman Ofer Lefler said.
Five Arab states have normalised ties with Israel since Egypt became the first.
Next was Jordan, in 1994 and, since the summer of 2020, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have followed suit.