Rwanda and Israel Open Airways To First-Ever Direct Flight

This development follows an aviation agreement signed on Monday between Transportation and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz and Rwandan Ambassador Joseph Rutabana.

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame (C) sits next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and I

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame (C) sits next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during their meeting in Jerusalem July 10, 2017. . (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

RwandAir, Rwanda’s national carrier, is scheduled to operate its first ever direct flights between Rwanda and Israel on Monday, according to Ynet.

This development follows an aviation agreement signed on Monday between Transportation and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz and Rwandan Ambassador Joseph Rutabana.

“The open sky agreement has led to a significant increase in flights to and from Israel,” Katz said, according to a religious news source Srugim. “The agreement opens Israel to hundreds of airports around the world,” and at the cheapest prices, Katz added.

The agreement outlined that each country can operate up to seven scheduled flights between Ben Gurion Airport and the capital of Rwanda, Kigali.

Rwanda and Israel established diplomatic relations soon after the former Belgian colony gained independence in July 1962, but those ties were severed later in 1973 after the Yom Kippur War when most African states – under Arab pressure – broke relations with Israel. With the reestablishment of ties in October 1994, Rwanda sent an ambassador to Israel, but had to close the embassy because of budgetary constraints some six years later.

The embassy was reopened with Rutabana’s appointment as ambassador in the summer of 2015. Israel is represented in Rwanda by a nonresident ambassador operating out of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

Source: The Jerusalem Post - Israel News

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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