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.
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.
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
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.