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Staff go-slow causes flight disruptions at JKIA, Wilson

Air traffic controllers on Tuesday continued with their go-slow that began at the weekend, causing flight disruptions at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Wilson Airport.

The sporadic disruptions have extended the waiting times to more than 30 minutes, forcing aircraft to burn a lot of fuel while waiting to take off or land.

The damage is expected to be huge on domestic routes that get particularly busy during the festive season when most people travel for holidays, making it imperative for airlines to keep time.

The disruptions also open a new risk front for airlines, which have lost a lot revenue to the wave of insecurity that has gripped Kenya in recent months and were hoping to claw back some of the losses during the festive season.

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