Israel, UAE Salvage Flight Route After Deal Reached on Security Protocols

The Shin Bet announces that a dispute over flight security, which threatened to halt flights between Israel and the UAE, has been resolved and that all flights between the two countries will resume as normal

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300ER planes are seen at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300ER planes are seen at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab EmiratesCredit: Christopher Pike/ REUTERS

Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed a security arrangement that will allow Israeli airlines to resume a full schedule of flights to Dubai, the Shin Bet security agency said on Friday.

In February, concerns arose that disputes between Dubai's security authorities and Israel's aviation security authorities may halt Israeli airlines' flights along the Dubai-Tel Aviv route.

The authorities in Dubai told foreign airlines that, starting on February 8, they will be making changes to the airport's security requirements, which the Shin Bet felt would be unacceptable.

At the time, a senior Israeli source told Haaretz that if the sides could not solve the problem, Israeli airline flights to Dubai would come to an end.

The Shin Bet security service stressed that these conflicts, which were first reported by travel news site PassportNews, are unrelated to the diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and strictly concern security arrangements.

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