Israel lists first commercial passenger flight to UAE

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Photo credit FILE - In this April 21, 2013, file photo, Israeli El Al planes are parked at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, for Abu Dhabi, which would be Israel's first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
By The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday for Abu Dhabi, which would be Israel's first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations.

The website of the Israel Airports Authority listed the flight on Friday.

It said the flight would be numbered LY971, a nod to the UAE's international calling code number. A return flight to Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday will be numbered LY972, Israel's international calling code.

Authorities in Israel and the UAE did not immediately acknowledge the flight. The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two countries agreed to normalize relations Aug. 13.