Chaos and a state of uneasiness were on Friday, November 4, experienced at the Moi International Airport, Mombasa after flight delays were reported.
This was after Kenya Airways pilots commenced their strike in the country following a series of unsuccessful negotiations between the airline and the Kenya Airlines Pilots Association (KALPA).
Long queues and scrambles were witnessed at the KQ's reception area as stranded passengers tried to acquire traveling tickets. According to reports, talks with Labour & Transport CSs, KALPA and KQ management have been on since 2 pm with no end in sight.
This comes despite Kenya Airways' communication, saying the strike called by the pilots association is unlawful and a distraction that will lead to severe losses on its part as it soldiers on with recovery plans.
The airline has subsequently told travelers who had booked tickets to contact it for action. A 14-day strike notice issued by airline pilots lapses tomorrow. The strike is supposed to officially begin on Saturday morning and there is no indication of how long it will last.
In a statement on Friday, KQ said the industrial action announced by KALPA will affect passengers who are scheduled to travel and cargo customers whose export will be affected.
Already, Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, who was set to travel from Mombasa to Nairobi via Kenya Airways has announced that he had been affected by the strike,. He had to use road transport to Nairobi
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