Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced it will send some of its workers on an unpaid leave with effect from 1st April 2020, as COVID-19 continues to take a toll on the aviation industry.
Additionally, the airline has subjected its management team to a 75% pay cut, with the CEO getting an 80% pay cut.
We have been evaluating how these events will affect you and have made every effort to conserve jobs across the business. We are therefore not taking any decision on layoffs. saidKenya Airways CEO, Allan Kilavuka
However, the CEO said that once the pandemic is put under control, and the airline gets back to profitability, all affected employees will be duly compensated.
This unfolds even as the airline has suspended all its international passenger flights with effect from 25th March 2020, until further notice. However, cargo flights will continue to operate as usual.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kenya having risen to 15, the airline joins other national carriers that have suspended international flights to help curb the spread of the virus, among them, Rwandair and Uganda Airlines.
Still, domestic flights to Mombasa and Kisumu will continue to operate as usual.