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Kenya Airways to fire 600

31 March 2016, 22:36

Nairobi - Kenya Airways (KQ) will send home 600 employees in its rationalisation plan starting May 2016.

The Daily Nation reports that the Airline officials hope the lay-offs, which is part of the struggling carrier's “Operation Pride” turnaround programme, will fly it to profitability.

The redundancies are likely to arouse a backlash from aviation workers' unions, one of which has clashed with Kenya Airways on several occasions.

KQ Chief Executive Mbuvi Ngunze described the move as one of the "hard decisions" the airline has had to make to improve profitability.

He said the heavily indebted carrier would also re-examine its operating model and network and seek a long-term financial structure.

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The flag carrier, in a further report on The Star, hopes to recoup some KES 2 billion and spend it on various initiatives, mainly focused on increasing revenue and reducing costs.

KQ says its turnaround plan is on course, having disposed of some of her redundant aircraft and subleased others. The flag carrier also claimed to have reduced waste in catering, and renegotiated some contracts. 

The 600 staff to be made redundant will be drawn from various departments and all cadres of staff. A list is being drawn detailing the positions and specific staff to be eliminated. 

- News24


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