- Saudi Arabia has so far not allowed Israeli carriers to use its airspace
- El Al India bound flights take detour to avoid Saudi, Iranian airspace
- Air link between Tel Aviv and Delhi was announced last year by PM Modi
Saudi Arabia had previously banned flights over its territory bound for Israel, a country with which Riyadh has no official diplomatic relations.
Saudi Arabia has so far not allowed Israeli carriers to use its airspace, and El Al says it is the victim of unfair competition.
"The State of Israel does not understand the extent of the damage caused by the government," said El Al chief executive Gonen Usishkin. "Today it is India, tomorrow it will be Thailand and all the east. It is impossible to assess the damage caused by this decision for the company's 6,000 employees."
El Al flights bound for India currently take a detour along the Red Sea to avoid Saudi and Iranian airspace.
Israel's Transport Minister Yisrael Katz described Air India's overflight of Saudi Arabia as "historic". Mr Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump's administration favour the idea of a convergence of interests against Iran between Israel and Arab countries, starting with Saudi Arabia.
Saudi approval of Air India's new route has been interpreted as a sign of a possible rapprochement with Israel.
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