Israel says the first direct flights from Nigeria will start on April 20

Israel said on Sunday that the first direct flight from Nigeria would take place on April 20.

“Nigeria’s national air carrier Air Peace is ready to operate direct flights to Israel for the first time, starting April 20,” the Israeli Transport Ministry said in a statement.

Israel and Nigeria have maintained diplomatic relations since the 1960s. However, Abuja broke away from Tel Aviv after the 1973 Middle East War.

In 1992, the two countries resumed relations.

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Early Sunday, Israeli Transport Minister Miri Regev approved an air services agreement that will allow direct flights between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and many destinations in Nigeria, including the cities of Abuja and Lagos.

“Nigeria is one of the leading countries in Africa that has close relations with Israel in various fields,” Regev said.

“I welcome the opening of the new line, and I am sure that it will contribute to strengthening the commercial and cultural relations between the two peoples and the two governments,” the minister said.


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