There has been disruption of fights in and out of most Kenyan airports after members of the Kenya Aviation Workers Union(KAWU) made good their threat to go on strike which has already been declared illegal by the Kenyan courts.
There were no landing or take off and the most affected airport is Kenya’s and East and Central Africa’s biggest Airport the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with disruptions having kicked off at 0200 hours.
Passes issuance, security screening and waiting areas remained deserted with hundreds of passengers stranded outside. Worse off, fire engines on the airside were withdrawn making it impossible for a plane to land or take off.
The members of the union include air traffic controllers,ground handing staff and crew mainly affecting the Kenya Flag carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) which had to cancel most of their flights.
Members of the union are opposed t the merger between Kenya Airports Authority and the financially troubled Kenya Airways in which case the latter should manage the former.It is instructive that the airports authority is a parastatal owned exclusively by the Kenyan Government while Kenya Airways is a private entity with the Government being a shareholder but in the minority.