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Don’t Blame Us For Losses: KALPA Tells KQ Management

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The association representing Kenya Airways pilots has lambasted the airline’s management for blaming the Pilots for the massive losses that KQ has experienced over the past few years.

The Kenya Airlines Pilots Association (Kalpa) stated today that the loss-making  KQ would still have reported losses even if pilots gave their services for free.

KQ management last week blamed the current CBA for allowing pilots to call in sick without proof, leading to numerous cancellations, and high salaries paid to the pilots for its financial woes.

“KQ should stop looking for scapegoats in pilots. Should pilots offer services for free, KQ would still declare losses,” Kalpa general secretary Nyagah  Murithi said.

The association also blamed the KQ management for increasing frequencies without having the right crew size. This, according to KALPA chair, has contributed to frequent flight cancellations.

Kenya Airlines Pilots Association now want the government to address the pilot and crew shortage at the airline at the same time supporting the nationalisation of the airline if it will save KQ.

“If you are going to nationalise, it should not be tied down like other state corporations,” Nyagah said.


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