SN Brussels to resume Rwanda service tomorrow

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SN Brussels Airlines will tomorrow resume its twice-weekly service to Kigali in Rwanda, 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”.