SN Brussels Airlines reversed its
decision to resume service between Brussels and Kigali in Rwanda
on 4 March because it is still in discussions with Rwandan authorities
regarding the three-day grounding of one of its aircraft in Kigali
The carrier on 3 March said it would
resume its twice-weekly Rwanda
service the next day, following a “constructive meeting” with the Rwandan civil
aviation authority on 2 March.
But an SN Brussels spokesman today
says flights have not yet resumed because the airline “hasn’t ended discussions
He adds that the carrier is offering customers an alternative service to Kigali via Nairobi in Kenya
using an unnamed airline.
“We are still negotiating and we
hope to have a solution to this one of these days,” says the spokesman. He
declines to provide any further details.
The airline suspended its
Brussels-Kigali service following an incident on 21 February in which Rwandan
authorities prevented an SN Brussels Airbus A330-300 from departing, and
requested documents detailing the aircraft’s complete maintenance history.
Rwanda released the aircraft three days
later following 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.