Israir Operates Flight from Tel Aviv to Bahrain

An Israir plane parked near Terminal 3 and the control tower at Ben Gurion Airport. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90)

Israeli carrier Israir operated a flight from Tel Aviv to Bahrain on Wednesday, flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 showed.

Bahrain, along with the United Arab Emirates, this month signed an agreement to establish formal ties with Israel.

Israeli media reported an Israeli government delegation was onboard the flight. There are no direct scheduled commercial flights between the two countries.

Spokespeople for Israel’s prime minister and the Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment. Bahrain’s government communications office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Israir declined to comment

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday discussed by phone the agreement to establish formal ties, state news agency BNA said.

“We discussed how we might quickly add content to the agreements between Bahrain and Israel and turn this peace into economic peace, technological peace, tourist peace, peace in all of these fields,” a statement from Netanyahu said.

Israeli airline El Al operated a flight carrying Israeli and U.S. government officials from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Aug. 31 for Israel-UAE normalization talks.