As he announced the arrival of the tourists via twitter account, Israel ambassador to Rwanda, Ron Adam welcomed them to the Country of a Thousand Hills.
“Just landed the first flight of our National carrier El Al Airlines with 125 tourists who come to explore beautiful Rwanda. Welcome,” he said.
In November, Israir announced plans for weekly flight to Rwanda starting from 26th November at a cost of US$ 399 (approximately Rwf 400,000) from Israel to Kigali.
Today’s flight follows the maiden flight of Israir, Israel’s carrier, towards the end of November 2020 with 80 passengers on board. The latter was the opening for weekly flights from Israel to Rwanda.
Rwanda, Israel relations date back to 1962 when the country obtained independence.
In 2014, Rwanda became the first African country signing cooperation agreements with Israel and later in 2015 opened embassy headquartered in Tel Aviv.
In January 2019, both countries signed bilateral air service agreement to operate direct flights. In the same year, RwandAir started flights to Tel Aviv.
Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu visited Rwanda in 2016.