“KAA in collaboration with KQ and with the support of the Kenya Air Force managed to get a replacement of the screeners. As we speak we have the capacity to screen passengers departing and I can assure you that within the hour we shall have the first aeroplane flying out,” that was Transport CS James Macharia’s assuarance.
Kenya Air Force personnel were deployed at to conduct screening of passengers, although temporarily.
The Transport CS who termed the strike illegal at around 10am, assured passengers that operations at JKIA would run without hitches.
Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret airports have also been affected by the strike.
Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Eldoret International Airport on Hundreds of passengers had arrived at the North Rift’s busiest airport as early as 6am.
Samuel Kiprop said he was scheduled to fly to Mombasa at 7:50am by Fly 540 Airline but he was informed the flight had been cancelled.
“There was no communication from the Airport management, but the airline said we can only travel when KAA workers resume work,” Kiprop said.
By 8:40 am, several passengers had lost hope of flying opting to travel by road to Nairobi.