16-09-2019 by redazione
The Kenyan national airline Kenya Airways has taken the decision to significantly reduce its air routes in the coming weeks, due to the numerous cancellations of flights due mainly to a shortage of pilots.
For this reason, it is planned to temporarily hire 20 new pilots with fixed-term contracts, in order to comply with bookings already made in the coming weeks.
It is not yet clear which routes will be affected by these cuts, but from rumours close to the company the Geneva-Rome-Nairobi flight could also be among them. With obvious repercussions on the coincidence for Malindi, created even after months of requests from Italian institutions and entrepreneurs and thanks to our insistence. The direct flight from Italy to Kenya was restored two months ago after seven years and was slowly finding favor with customers, despite some logistical problems, especially in the area of online reservations and the inconsistent pricing policy.
Unfortunately, the problems of the airline, which for years has been experiencing exponential liabilities and numerous problems of general organization, trying to solve them with the nationalization of the company (and in the recent past also with the acquisition of the airport Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi) are stronger than any consideration of a tourist nature.
"We take this decision - the general manager Paul Njoroge has explained to the press - because of the high costs due to the cancellations of the flights for lack of personnel and for the damage of image caused by them to the company".
The month of August alone Kenya Airways has recorded 91 cancellations of flights, of which 68 due to lack of crew.
"As a result of the above losses, we will reduce the network in the coming weeks to avoid further damage to the brand due to cancellations," says KQ in the letter.
CEO Sebastian Mikosz, who has already resigned and will be leaving in December, said details of suspended flights and dates will be shared over the next few days.
The company is expected to close 2019 with a liability of 10 billion euros.
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