Brussels – Entebbe – Brussels nonstop come October


(Posted 05th August 2015)

As British Airways exits Uganda in October has Brussels Airlines changed tack and will offer nonstop flights between Brussels and Entebbe when the new winter schedule commences on the 26th of October.

Operating as SN 465 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will the previous stop in Kigali be cut out saving passengers a good hour and a half on the inbound flight to Entebbe. Passengers dumped by British Airways into the market, as a result of their withdrawal, will be able to connect to several UK destinations via Brussels with a short transit time there after arriving from Entebbe. As an added benefit are immigration processing queues in Brussels normally much shorter than in comparison to London Heathrow which has gained notoriety for long waits.

Notably however has Brussels Airlines also added the option to join one of the two flights out of Kigali, which will also begin to operate nonstop on Sundays and Wednesdays effective 26th of October. This is made possible through a code share arrangement with RwandAir which will fly passengers from Entebbe destined to Brussels and beyond on their daily evening flight WB 435. From there they join SN 451 after a short transit time in Kigali.

This gives Ugandan passengers as many as five flights to Brussels and beyond per week and will no doubt benefit not only Brussels Airlines aficionados keen on the traditional ‘Savoir Vivre’ but also holders of StarAlliance frequent flyer cards as they can earn miles even when travelling via Kigali.

As mentioned here previously will Brussels Airlines however have to make way, very sadly, to senior partner Lufthansa on the route to Nairobi, exiting Kenya after decades of uninterrupted service, but for the short transition time between SABENA and SN Brussels. Come 24th of October it will no doubt be a tearful good bye when the last Brussels Airlines flight takes off from Nairobi to Brussels.

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