Pilots call for immediate disbandment of KQ leadership team

Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) has called for the immediate disbandment of the Kenya Airways leadership team, citing lack of confidence in its ability to oversee the recovery of the troubled airline.

The association, which represents the interests of pilots in the country also issued a seven – day ultimatum that will see them explore other options to demand for the immediate change should the national carrier’s directors fail to cede leadership.

KALPA Secretary General and Chief Executive, Captain Paul Gichinga said the Association has over the years maintained a vocal stance, questioning the airline’s business strategy and deteriorating employee relations.

“Following KQ’s dismal performance in the financial year ended March 2015, and ongoing attempts turn it around, it is our position that Kenya Airways recovery cannot be left in the hands of those who oversaw its downward spiral,” Gichinga said in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Gichinga said that KALPA’s position on Kenya Airways Recovery resonates with the recommendations contained in a report issued last month by the Select Committee on the Inquiry into Affairs of Kenya Airways.

The SG said the report, which was endorsed by the Senate, called for among other things, the disbandment of the airline’s leadership team, and the engagement of experts with sound knowledge and experience in commercial aviation.

He said that no tangible action has so far been taken on the report recommendations.

By Mangera Daisy

Source: Kenya News Agency