Nairobi flights that were scheduled to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have been diverted to Mombasa and others to Tanzania.
This follows the strike by Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) that has halted operations at the airport leaving thousands of passengers stranded since midnight.
“We advise all passengers using JKIA to get in touch with their respective airlines to confirm their travel arrangements,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a statement.
On Wednesday morning, police lobbed teargas canisters at the crowd leaving one passenger and six Kenya Airways workers injured in the melee.
The workers union secretary general Moses Ndiema has since been arrested.
Long queues and passengers seated on the floor outside the terminals characterised scenes at the airport.
However, British Airways said they were not aware of any disruptions at the JKIA.
“Hey, Sara. We’re not aware of any strike action in Nairobi. As far as we’re concerned your flight will be operating as normal. Neil,” the airline said in response to a passenger who had inquired about her scheduled flight.
Happening now at JKIA worker's on strike being dispersed by GSU pic.twitter.com/y6o4nIopkN
— walter otieno (@otienowalter2) March 6, 2019
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