July 06, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel, announced plans to launch flight service to Tel Aviv from Delhi and Mumbai. In a major outreach to the Indian diaspora in Israel, PM Modi announced the plan and urged them to visit India more often.

“Now a Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv air service will be initiated. And so I invite youth of Israel to visit India,” he said.

He also promised to ease the process of acquiring Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards by Israelis of Indian origin. People of Indian community who have done compulsory army service in Israel will be eligible for OCI cards.

Air India used to operate directs flights to Israel from Delhi until mid-1990s and Mumbai until early 2000. The flights were withdrawn for commercial reasons.

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