RwandAir has announced that it will start direct flights from Brussels to Kigali, without passing by London, from 31st October.
The airliner will continue to offer three weekly flights from/to Brussels on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, but flights from Brussels to Kigali will no longer go via London Gatwick which eliminates the requirement for non-Schengen citizens to hold a UK transit visa and to disembark for rescreening in London.
The new schedule is possible thanks to negotiations with Gatwick Airport for an earlier slot out of London, enabling the aircraft to return to Brussels ahead of the jet ban.
“We are confident that the new schedule will improve the experience of our esteemed clients boarding from Brussels, while maintaining our schedule from London with only one stop in Brussels,” said says Chance Ndagano, acting CEO of RwandAir.
Passengers embarking from London-Gatwick Airport will stay onboard the aircraft at Zaventem Airport in Brussels and will not need a Schengen transit visa.