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Pilots back down as contempt of court charges loom

Pilots back down as contempt of court charges loom

Kenya Airways pilots and union bosses ignored a court order, and were promptly notified they would be held in contempt.

Kenya Airways earlier this evening announced that the airline expects all flights to operate as per the normal schedule after the Kenya Pilots Union called off their illegal industrial action. It is understood that efforts were being made to bring contempt of court charges against pilots and their union bosses after they ignored a court order and caused the airline tens of millions of Kenya shillings in losses as a result of delayed and cancelled flights earlier in the week.

The following statement was received from Kenya Airways:

“Kenya Airways wishes to announce that all operations will be as per plan tomorrow following the suspension of the industrial action called by the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA).

“We advise all our guests to check their flights prior to departure through our KQ mobile app, website or 24HR Contact Centre. We will continue to give regular updates via Social Media pages.

“Thank you for your continued patronage and choosing to fly the Pride of Africa.”

Sections of pilots and cabin crew, ignoring a directive of the Kenyan government to halt any action, had earlier today began a targeted walkout to hit Kenya’s national airline.

Like on previous occasions, unions and members showed utter disregard for the rule of law and once again engaged in a wildcat strike which was already costing the airline millions of shillings in compensation for passengers whose flights had to be cancelled.

Prompt reactions coming in when the news was shared spoke of the harshest measures to be employed against the culprits, including prosecution for contempt of court and, should a court so find, jailing them.

Kenya Airways was forced to cancel or delay some flights this morning due to a shortage of crew. Several outsourced crew did not report to work as scheduled. Some of the outsourced staff including cabin crew who have stayed away from work from Friday.

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