SN Brussels Airlines will tomorrow
resume its twice-weekly service to Kigali
temporarily suspended after Rwandan authorities grounded one of its aircraft
for three days on 21 February.
An SN Brussels spokesman says the
carrier has decided to resume the service after a “constructive meeting” with
the Rwandan civil aviation authority yesterday.
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.
The SN Brussels spokesman insists
that the aircraft was “fully compliant” with international safety regulations,
adding that the reasons for the grounding “are not yet understood”.