RwandAir has cancelled and rescheduled one of its flights to Nairobi and Entebbe owing to an ongoing strike at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
“Due to the ongoing strike at JKIA, our flight WB452 to Nairobi and onward to Entebbe is cancelled. All affected Entebbe passengers will be rebooked on WB434. Any inconvenience is highly regretted,” RwandAir said in a tweet early Wednesday.
Tavellers are wondering whether another flight from Kigali to Nairobi had been affected. “Hi, is WB0402 Kigali to Nairobi affected?” asked one of the travelers.
RwandAir responded saying, “We are not sure yet, this will depend on when operations will resume at JKIA. We will keep you informed. Thank you”.
This sudden change in RwandAir flight plans comes at a time Uganda and Rwanda are in tense engagements following the recent diversion of traffic from Gatuna Border to Kagitumba/Mirama Hills border which most motorists and traders have refused to use.
However, construction works on the Gatuna border are evidently going on and government said by May the border will be fully completed and accessible to traders and passengers across the two countries.
Strike at JKIA
Media reports from Kenya indicate that the strike is linked to the planned acquisition of the airport by Kenya Airways on a merger with the Kenya Airports Authority, in what has generated sharp criticism from a section of leaders.
Kenya’s Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has warned that there is an expected disciplinary action against aviation workers that have downed their tools stranding many passengers who missed their flights.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday morning, Macharia described their action as malicious but assured passengers that contingency measures have been taken to address the situation.
On another front, Kenya’s Employment and Labour Relations Court has suspended the strike staged by Aviation Workers Union, pending the hearing of the dispute on Thursday.
In an application filed by Kenya Airways, the presiding judge Justice Onesmus Makau says the strike will remain suspended forthwith until a determination is made by the court.