LONDON (Aug. 18)
Air France, the French commercial airline, will operate a twice-weekly service from the island of Cyprus to Amman, Jordan, flying over Israel territory, but without refueling at Lydda, it was learned today.
The new Air France flight would replace a service scheduled by Eagle Aviation Company, a British concern, which had planned a refueling stop at Lydda. The line had to cancel its plans when the Jordan Government objected to the stop at Lydda.
The Israel authorities, who had given approval to overflights by the Eagle company’s Viking planes, and their refueling at Lydda, was reported here to have given the French line permission to overfly Israel.
Air France was reported to have initiated the new service at the request of the British who need two aircraft a week to maintain communications between the force in Jordan and the British base on Cyprus. The Jordanians will have to raise the ban on Air France imposed at the time of the Suez attack.