Bahrain’s Gulf Air announced via Twitter on Thursday that it will begin two weekly, direct flights to Tel Aviv starting on Sept. 30.

Ambassador Houda Nonoo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and former ambassador to the United States, tweeted: “I will always remember that moment when I learned that #Bahrain would be establishing relations with #Israel. There has been tremendous momentum this past year and I am just as excited today as I was then.”

The Abraham Accords normalization agreement between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates—brokered by the United States and signed in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2020—has led to new developments economically, technically, academically and culturally. They were soon also accepted by Sudan and Morocco.

Nonoo had earlier tweeted on Thursday that the flights are scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays.

Gulf Air’s Acting CEO Captain Waleed AlAlawi commented: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our Bahrain-Tel Aviv route as part of the historic Bahraini-Israeli relations. As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain; we take great pride in supporting our leadership and Kingdom in their role of preserving peace and prosperity in the region. We hope this is merely the beginning of developing further opportunities.”


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