Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced to start a new flight service connecting Delhi, Mumbai and Tel Aviv.

“Now a Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv air service will be initiated. And so I invite youth of Israel to visit India,” Modi announced amid thunderous applause.

Modi made the announcement while addressing the Indian Diaspora in Tel Aviv’s Convention Center.

Air India had earlier announced to start direct flight between Delhi and Tel Aviv. The flight service was to start in May but the launch was delayed as several countries, which fall in the selected route, denied the overflight permission.

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 The flights were withdrawn for commercial reasons.