SN Brussels cancels Rwanda flights

SN Brussels has suspended its flights to Kigali, the Rwandan capital. This follows a row with the country’s aviation authorities and comes after an aircraft, operated by the Belgian carrier was grounded for three days last week for “safety and security reasons.”

There are claims that the groundings are due to a tit-for-tat retaliation, after a Rwandan-registered aircraft was grounded by Belgium due to safety concerns since August 2005.

The suspension of the SN Brussels flight is Rwanda’s only direct air-link to Europe. The suspension of flights could sour relations between Rwanda and its former coloniser, Belgium, if the dispute is not resolved.