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.
redundancies are likely to arouse a backlash from aviation workers'
unions, one of which has clashed with Kenya Airways on several
KQ Chief Executive Mbuvi Ngunze described
the move as one of the "hard decisions" the airline has had to make to
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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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.
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.
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.