Kenya Airways says normalcy returning to its operations

October 16, 2016 5:34 pm
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In a statement Sunday evening, the airline said the affected passengers have all been taken care of, assuring that there will be no more cancellations expected going forward/FILE
In a statement Sunday evening, the airline said the affected passengers have all been taken care of, assuring that there will be no more cancellations expected going forward/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – Kenya Airways (KQ) says all its operations is now back to normal despite the morning cancellation and delaying of a number of flights.

In a statement Sunday evening, the airline said the affected passengers have all been taken care of, assuring that there will be no more cancellations expected going forward.

The airline said at least 67 flights have taken off from around the network as at 4pm Kenyan time on Sunday and assuring customers that no more disruptions expected.

“Kenya Airways wishes to announce that operations have now returned to normalcy. Our evening flights are expected to operate as planned,” KQ said.

At least five flights were cancelled and one delayed after a shortage of staff following the ongoing go slow by the outsourced cabin crew and customer care, who want their job contract grievances addressed.

“All guests inconvenienced earlier have been taken care of by rebooking them on later flights or alternative routing,” the airline said, “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to guests. We will keep you updated on any changes.”

The cancelled flights include KQ 600 to Mombasa, KQ 432 to Kilimajaro, KQ 350 to Juba, KQ 706 to Lusaka/Harare and KQ 740 to Maputo. Flight KQ 782 to Livingston/Capetown was delayed.

The airline is also being faced by an impending strike by the members of the Kenya Airlines Pilots Association (KALPA).

The Association on Tuesday issued a seven day strike notice demanding an overhaul of the Kenya Airways (KQ) management.

KALPA Secretary General Captain Paul Gichinga told a media briefing that they want Board Chairman Dennis Awori and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze to resign, arguing that they have no confidence in their ongoing turnaround strategy.

Gichinga says if the two will not quit, the pilots will down their tools on Tuesday next week, starting 5am until a comprehensive solution is found.

On their part KQ says the planned strike by KAPLA is unjustified and uncalled for as it will result in more losses to the airline.

The airline has obtained a court order which declared the strike notice illegal.

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