Kenya Airways fires 400 cabin crew despite court order

The Kenya Airways on Tuesday fired 400 cabin crew despite a court order barring the national carrier from doing so.

KQ had announced plans to fire 400 cabin crew and 182 pilots in early July.

However, the High Court suspended Kenya Airway’s plans of firing some staff and sending others on unpaid leave on July 13.

In addition, Justice Hellen Wasilwa suspended the airline’s plan to implement a 30 per cent pay cut for staffers who would be on duty when the company resumes operations.

In March, Kenya Airways sent home 4, 000 employees on unpaid leave and effected a pay cut of between 35 per cent and 75 per cent for the remaining staff.

The recent development comes at a time domestic flights have resumed, while international flights are set to resume on August 1.

However, KQ, like other airlines, has suffered losses into billions following the shutdown of the aviation industry since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

In March, Kenya Airways estimated that it is losing at least Sh800 million a month, noting that the situation could change more dramatically in coming days as more restrictions in global travel come.

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