Thousands of passengers are stranded at the four main airports in Kenya after a strike called by the aviation workers’ union forced the disruption of domestic and international flights.
About 60 flights failed to take-off at their scheduled time from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the busiest in East Africa. Other planes left without passengers.
The strike began at midnight local time, resulting in the withdrawal of fire engines from the runaway.
Security, check-in and baggage-handling staff also stopped working.
Flights have also been disrupted at airports in the tourist hub of Mombasa, and the cities of Eldoret and Kisumu in western Kenya.
The striking workers are opposed to a plan that would see the loss-making Kenya Airways taking over the management of airports from the profit-making Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
The workers say the proposed take-over would put their jobs at risk.