Thousands of flights were disrupted and passengers stranded as pilots at Kenya Airways PLC (KQNA.NR), one of Africa’s biggest carriers, began a strike on Saturday, despite the government urging them to call it off.
“No KQ (Kenya Airways) aircraft has departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport flown by a KALPA member from 6 a.m. this morning,” the union said in a statement. “The strike is fully in force.”
A stranded passenger at the airport in the capital Nairobi, who identified himself as Lawrence, said he had arrived at 5 a.m. to take a flight to Johannesburg in South Africa but “unfortunately they’ve just told me that it’s cancelled due to the strike”.
The pilots union had said it would call a strike over a dispute on pensions contributions and settlement of deferred pay for its members after a 14-day notice had passed without the airline’s management addressing their grievances.
Reporting by Thomas Mukoya; Writing by Akriti Sharma and Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Michael Perry and William Mallard