ABU DHABI- Reportedly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has prevented the entry of approximately 170 Israeli passengers who were aboard a Wizz Air Abu Dhabi (5W) flight originating from Tel Aviv (TLV) in Israel, as stated by Anadolu Agency on Friday.
According to Israel’s Kan broadcaster, the flight, operated by the European low-cost airline Wizz Air subsidiary Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, departed from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport and arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in the UAE during the afternoon.
Wizz Air Israeli Passengers
Airport authorities reportedly held the disembarked passengers separately and allowed travelers from other flights landing in Abu Dhabi to proceed ahead in customs queues.
The reason behind the UAE’s decision to deny entry to the passengers from the Israeli flight has not been provided.
However, the Sama News Agency noted that the Israeli passengers mentioned they were denied entry due to not having valid visas.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi operates a daily 1X flight between TLV and AUH. Further, it deploys its flagship Airbus A321 aircraft to serve this route.
According to FlightRadar24, Wizz Air flight 5W took off from TLV with a 40 minutes delay at 12:22 PM local time. After being airborne for almost three hours, it landed safely at AUH at around 4:14 PM Local time.
The Airbus A321-200 operated the flight, registered as A6-WAD. Further, it is a 4.5-year-old aircraft, originally delivered to Wizz Air Hungary (W6) in 2019.
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