Israeli officials rejoice as Saudi Arabia opens airspace to Tel Aviv for first time ever
Air India launched the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace on Thursday, a sign of a inconspicuous improvement in ties between the the two states. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 19:45 GMT. "This is a historic moment," Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. "It is the first time that there is an official connection between the state of Israel and Saudi Arabia," he said in Hebrew.