SN Brussels plane still grounded in Rwanda

23rd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Rwandan authorities refused again on Thursday to allow a SN Brussels Airlines jet to take off from Kigali Airport.

23 February 2006

BRUSSELS — Rwandan authorities refused again on Thursday to allow a SN Brussels Airlines jet to take off from Kigali Airport.

The plane has been grounded since Tuesday night, stranding passengers and posing financial and operational problems for SN Brussels.

Airline spokesman Geert Sciot said the financial losses stemming from the flight ban extend into hundreds of thousands of euros.

"We don’t have a precise calculation. But the consequences are considerable if you know that we had to use three planes from other airlines to guarantee our other flights in Africa. The operational impact is thus also great," he said.

The plane was refused permission to depart after SN Brussels was unable to provide various non-compulsory documents on Tuesday. Documents that were legally required to be on the plane were handed over to Rwanda authorities.

SN Brussels has since provided Rwandan authorities with all requested documents, but the plane has not been given permission to depart.
 
The Belgian airline has called in the assistance of the Belgian aviation authority and the Belgian Foreign Ministry to resolve the situation.
 
However, it is concerned that the issue may drag on and is urging the federal government to help lift the blockade.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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