Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has moved in to take over major operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) following workers’ strike this morning.
The government sent trained personnel from Kenya Air force to assist in ground activities and help ease things out during the strike that has left millions stranded.
The move follows government’s recent effort of deploying National Youth Service (NYS) after several flights to and from the airport were affected.
The aviation workers are on strike following a planned merger between Kenya Airways and the Kenya Airports Authority which will have KQ operate JKIA.
KQ issued a statement asking passengers who were scheduled to depart from JKIA by 11am to avoid going to the airport until further communication due to the strike.
According to labour CS Ukur Yatani, a court order had been issued warning the works against a strike.
“It came to my attention that Kenya Airways management had gone to court and were given a temporary injunction. In cases like this, the parties need to obey the law. The workers must first obey the law,” Yatani said.
Africa's 4th busiest airport Nairobi's #JKIA at a standstill as workers go on strike. They oppose a plan to merge national carrier @KenyaAirways with airports operator @KenyaAirports pic.twitter.com/hwcChoKQaC
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) March 6, 2019