SN Brussels resumes Kigali service

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SN Brussels Airlines today resumed non-stop flights between Brussels and Kigali in Rwanda, following a two-and-a-half month suspension of service stemming from a three-day grounding of one of the carrier’s aircraft in Kigali by Rwandan authorities.

An SN Brussels spokesman says the carrier resumed twice-weekly Airbus A330-200 service on the route today. He declines to disclose how the dispute between the airline and Rwandan authorities was eventually resolved.

SN Brussels suspended its Brussels-Kigali service following an incident on 21 February in which Rwandan authorities prevented one of its A330-300s from departing, and requested documents detailing the aircraft’s complete maintenance history.

Rwanda released the aircraft three days later after direct intervention from Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who accused the African nation of impounding the aircraft in reaction to Belgium’s decision to bar Rwandan carrier Silverback Cargo Freighters from its airspace.