March 6, 2019

RwandAir Maintains Nairobi Flight as Kenya military Takes Over

RwandAir is keeping the Nairobi route open even as uncertainty grips JKIA

RwandAir’s evening flight to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will go on as planned, the carrier announced, despite a major disruption caused by a workers’ strike.

It had re-routed the morning flight via Nairobi to Entebbe – Uganda. The flight went on but not through Kenya.

“We would like to inform you that today’s flight WB402 from Kigali to Nairobi departing at 17:50 will be operated as per the schedule. Thank you,” said RwandAir on Twitter.

By Wednesday afternoon, only two flights had departed JKIA.

Kenyan army officers are manning counters, issuing tickets and managing many other operations at JKIA. The Kenyan police were all morning involved in running battles with the striking airport workers.

Transport Cabinet Secretary (Minister) James Macharia ordered the arrest of the head of the striking union, Moss Ndiema. “These people are criminals,” is how the CS Macharia put it earlier today.

Meanwhile, Kenyan media is reporting of continued paralysis at the airport, suggesting it could take sometime before the situation returns to normal.

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