Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced on Monday that it would begin operating daily flights to Tel Aviv in March.

“Following the signing of the new bilateral agreement, Etihad is delighted to announce a direct link between these important cities,” said Etihad Aviation Group Chief Operating Officer Mohammad al-Bulooki in a statement.

“The commencement of scheduled flights is a historic moment and as an airline, cements Etihad’s commitment to growing opportunities for trade and tourism not just between the two countries, but also within the region and beyond,” he said.

The flights are set to begin on March 28.

The airline says they will connect Abu Dhabi to “key gateways across the Etihad network including China, India, Thailand and Australia.”

Dubai’s budget airline, flydubai, has already started operating flights between the two countries. A flydubai flight carrying Israeli tourists touched down last week at the Dubai International Airport.

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