Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Travellers Stranded At JKIA As Airport Workers Strike Bites

JKIA is at a standstill after all flights were canceled caused by the recent workers strike. Hundreds of passengers are now stranded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The workers are opposed to a planned handover of management to Kenya Airways.

The Kenya Airports Authority workers say the plans will render most of them jobless and want the plan to be discarded.

The strike caught many passengers by surprise and has led to a crisis at one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s busiest airports.

KAA in a statement on Tuesday said the strike notice dated February 27 by the Kenya Aviation Workers Union stands suspended following the issuance of an order of injunction by the Employment and Labour Relations court on March 5.

KQ seeks to enter into a concession agreement with the Kenya Airports Authority to operate and maintain the airport.

Transport CS James Macharia on Monday dismissed claims that KQ operates planes owned by private individuals linked to the planned takeover.

The CS said KQ operates 40 planes – 20 are it’s own and the rest are leased.

Macharia said the airline has leased some of its aircraft to other airlines to address overcapacity and to optimise the use of its assets.








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