President Yoweri Museveni has called Israeli national carrier Al Al Airlines to launch direct flights between Israel and Uganda.
El Al airlines currently flies to Johannesburg in Africa having suspended flights to Cairo, Addis Ababa and Nairobi.
The President was Monday responding to a suggestion by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for direct flights between the two countries, during a joint press conference at State House in Entebbe.
Netanyahu, who arrived in the country with his wife, Sara, said at the press conference that direct flights between Uganda and Israel would help bolster the relations of the two countries.
“We want direct flights because that will enable our friendship to thrive,” Netanyahu said.
In response, Museveni welcomed the idea, saying that Uganda, which recently relaunched its national carrier, would “take it up”
In the meantime, Museveni invited the Israel airline to commence direct flights to Uganda when ready.
“I would invite El Al to fly direct to Uganda from Israel; even if it is once a week; it will be good enough,” he said.
Uganda Airlines expects to commence flights outside Africa, once its two Airbus A330s are delivered later this year.
The airline has planned to fly the big aircraft to China, Mumbai in India, London among others.