RwandAir will temporarily halt all services from 21 March to 21 April, as its looks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The African carrier will operate its last commercial passenger flight from Rwandan capital Kigali to London Gatwick on 20 March at 01:00. The return service will depart from London at 11:00 and arrive back at Kigali, via Brussels, at 22:30.

“We are extremely sorry for the disruption and uncertainty this announcement will cause for our customers,” the carrier says. “However, we are sure they appreciate why this decision is unavoidable at this time and that it has not been taken lightly. We are confident the temporary suspension of our operations will help to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.”

Customers holding tickets with RwandAir for travel between 21 March and 20 April can rebook for free.

Cirium data shows that RwandAir was scheduled to operate 347 return flights per week in February this year, a capacity of just over 40,000 seats. It has a fleet of two Airbus A330s, six Boeing 737s, two Bombardier CRJ900s and two Q400s.