Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv next spring, after the two countries agreed to normalize relations. Direct flights on Etihad between the emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv will begin March 28, giving “Emiratis and UAE residents the opportunity to discover Israel’s historical sites, beaches, restaurants and nightlife,” the state-owned carrier said in a statement. Tickets are already available on Etihad's website. The announcement comes after Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai said it would begin offering direct flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv later this month. The UAE and Israel signed a US-brokered accord establishing formal diplomatic ties on the White ...read more...