By Roncliff Odit
Kenya Airways has resumed its normal operations hours after it was forced to cancel five of its Sunday morning flights and delayed others after contracted flight crew downed their tools.
A statement from the airline says normalcy has returned and by the time of going to press 67 flights had already taken off with several evening flights scheduled for departure.
Passengers at Mombasa’s Moi International Airport had to endure delays for over eight hours.
KQ flight 600 to Mombasa, 432 to Juba, 706 to Lusaka and 740 to Maputo were cancelled after contracted crew failed to report to work.
At the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, the same script as several passengers were forced to wait for more than 8 hours to catch their next flights.
It is a situation that has left the passengers furious with the national airline. Sources intimate that the labor problems started on Friday after 700 of KQs outsourced cabin crew and customer service staff neglected their duties to express their grievances to the management.
The workers outsourced from Career Directions Limited had vowed not to return to work until their issues were addressed.
But by Sunday evening normalcy had returned with several flights taking off, while a number were scheduled for the evening.
The statement from KQ said, and I quote, “67 flights have taken off from the around the network as at 4pm Kenyan time. Our evening flights are expected to operate as planned. All guests inconvenienced earlier have been taken care of by rebooking them on later flights or alternative routing”.
This could be a litmus taste to KQ which is also staring at another strike threat by pilots who want to force the management out.