KQ pilots cry foul over management of national airline
UPROAR: Kenya Airways pilots represented by Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa) have slammed the airline’s management over the way it is running the company.
In a letter addressed to Kenya Airways Chief executive Allan Kilavuka, the pilots termed current internal decisions such as reduced flight operations, understaffing among others as ill-timed.
The pilots now say such decisions which have also seen the airline close its biggest sales office at Jomo Kenya International (JKIA) Terminal 1A because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, could hamper the airline’s ability to return to profitability.
“Despite growing concerns by members of the public, about the worrying customer experience, the management of the national carrier, better known by its code KQ, has adopted a lethargic stance in addressing these complaints,” they said.
The letter is copied to a host of senior government officials including Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua and CSs Ukur Yatani (Treasury) and James Macharia (Transport).
Kalpa chief executive CaptainMuriithi Nyagah said they were particularly concerned by what appears to be intentional moves by some sections in KQ management to sabotage the airline and starve it of its revenue streams.
“It is indeed a shame for the national carrier to constantly beg for funding from the government while opportunities to increase our revenues are available.
KQ management needs to be more aggressive in seeking and creating new opportunities,” said Nyagah in a statement.
The airline has so far laid off some 650 employees this year alone, mostly trainee pilots, trainee cabin crew and technician trainees.