Direct flights between Tel Aviv and Entebbe are expected to commence after due diligence process, Israeli Ambassador to Uganda has said.
One of the most taunting and stressing experiences that travelers from Israel to Uganda have had to endure is going through connecting options between routes, which is both time-consuming and costly. However, this challenge is soon to be resolved.
“Following your visit here, Iam more than happy to express the interest of one of the leading business family in Israel: Noiman which for more than 40 years has participated in building our Nation and keeps doing it till today as you saw while on your visit to the Noiman Family office at the top of the business capital Tel-Aviv”, Nir Gess, Tourism Uganda Goodwill Ambassador based in Tel Aviv said during a meeting he had with Hon Godfrey Kiwanda.
Noiman Group and specifically Mr. Hen Noiman is looking at investing in projects that are in line with their known business among which are establishing low cost regular return flights from Entebbe to Tel Aviv and construction of an attractive Hotel at the source of the Nile in Jinja.
“We are engaging our friends from Israel so as to start direct flights from Tel Aviv to Entebbe. This will enhance mutual cooperation, majorly in the areas of trade and tourism,” Hon Godfrey Kiwanda, State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities said.
Prior to start of these exciting new projects, a team from Noiman group will soon visit Uganda to study the business viability.
The Noiman family owns the Alon Group, which is involved in the auto-industry, and also has real estate and start-up investments in Israel and abroad. Among the companies under Alon Group are Dor Alon, a petrol company, which has a monopoly over the supply of petroleum to the Gaza strip. Dor Alon also has several gas stations and convenience stores in different Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Alon Group also owns Blue Square, and is the franchisee of KFC and Pizza Hut in Israel, and holds 49% of the shares of Diners Club Israel.
There has been an increased interest in Africa by Israel, and this was clear during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s previous visit to Uganda in 2016 when he joined other friends of Israel to mark the 40th anniversary of a hostage rescue in which his brother died.
Speaking in Entebbe, close to the site of the 1976 airport raid in which over 100 hostages were released, Netanyahu said, “Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel”
He spoke of his brother, gesturing over his left shoulder to the spot where his brother was killed.
“There are few like him in history,” Mr. Netanyahu said. “Entebbe is always with me. It is deep in my heart,” which symbolises the changing relationship between Israel and Africa.