In response to a deadlock with management, pilots made good on their threat to go on strike, leaving passengers stranded at JKIA on Saturday.
One irate traveler, who was scheduled to fly to Ghana to emcee a wedding, said: “You must accompany me up here because I can’t calm down alone. Emotional intelligence is what it is. Take care of me. You have my funds; please fly me back to Ghana.”
He continued, “You ought to have considered me as a potential buyer first. Go ahead if you have complaints about your government. To emcee a wedding, my brother is waiting for me to arrive in Ghana.”
Allan Kilavuka, CEO of Kenya Airways (KQ), has given the striking pilots 24 hours to report back to work or face punishment.
He said that management had attempted to break the impasse for five hours with all parties involved on Friday.
He declared, “This illegal strike has seriously hurt our business.”
“The pilots are literally spitting in the taxpayers’ faces. Pilots are being incited by KALPA while relaxing in their bedrooms.”
Under the greater Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) umbrella, KQ pilots protested what they perceived as a lack of attention to their complaints by disobeying a court order and going on strike.
“KALPA, the representative voice of all pilots in the country, Kenya Airways included, wishes to inform members of the public that beginning Saturday, 5th November 2022, at 6.00 am local time, there shall be no Kenya Airways aircraft departing Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) flown by a KALPA member,” said Captain Muriithi Nyagah, the organization’s secretary general, in a statement released on Friday.
The KAPLA official claimed that since the two parties were unable to come to an agreement, the strike was unavoidable.
“We hoped that the airline’s management would temper its firm attitude and enter into negotiations over the issues brought up. But, as we noted in our press conference on November 1, 2022, Kenya Airways Management has not taken any significant efforts to engage and fix these issues, according to Capt. Nyagah.