The Rwanda’s national carrier RwandAir announced on May 28th,2019 that Tel Aviv is the next destination to be operated in the Middle East. It’s been one of those waited for so long for a christian community in Rwanda given the fact that many born again churches organise at least two times a year what they call a “Holy visit” to Jerusalem(Holy Land) in Israel, a country of a strong religious history for christians where hundreds of Rwandans go to tour different places mentioned in the Bible in which Jesus spent time or did miracles.
RwandAir will seamlessly connect tourists and business travelers between Tel Aviv and its network three times a week via its Kigali hub. This new route will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays by a Boeing 737-800NG offering 16 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class.
“Adding Tel Aviv to our network is part of our long term plan to link Rwanda to the rest of the world. Tel Aviv is one of the world’s leading tech hubs and we look forward to flying business travelers as well as pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, to and from our network on this new route.
It will also be a great opportunity to ease travel and strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries”Commented Yvonne Manzi Makolo,CEO of RwandAir.
According to the airline’s flight schedule system,the departure flight (WB502) will be leaving Kigali International Airport(KGL) at 00:30 local time and arrive at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport(TLV) at 07:30 local time, while return flights (WB503) from TLV are set for 00:40 local time to reach KGL at 05:40 local time.
Israel officially launched its embassy in Rwanda and the 11th in Africa on April 1st,2019 as Israel’s first embassy to be opened in Africa in the past eight years.The two countries share a similar history: the Holocaust and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,and they have both leveraged on the their human resources to drive development given that fact that they both have limited natural resources.
Tel Aviv becomes the 29th destination of RwandAir after Kinshasa in Dr Congo launched last April and Guangzhou in China set to be launched on June 18th,2019.
Located on the country’s mediterranean coastline and with a population of 443,939,Tel Aviv is the economic and technological center of the country and second most populous city in Israel after Jerusalem and the most populous city in the conurbation of Gush Dan, Israel’s largest metropolitan area.