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KQ Salaries: Kenya Airways is still unable to pay its pilots full salaries. This is according to KQ chief executive officer Allan Kivaluka. According to Kivaluka, the national carrier is currently only able to pay employees who earn Sh. 80,000 per month their salaries in full.

Kilavuka stated that only those earning a maximum pay of 80,000 will be paid fully. He added that KQ pilots who earn above Sh. 80,000 are currently on a 30 per cent pay cut.

“It depends on the cash available not on the increase because you could go to 60 per cent and it is low quality yield. So, what we are doing is modeled how much money we need in terms of cash so that we can get closer to 100 percent,” Kilavuka said. “One of the things we were saying is, should we creep up to a 100 percent or should we accumulate so that we can give our employees a 100 percent and move forward.”

He however pointed out that the company is doing better than before as it was operating at 90 per cent in terms of domestic flights and 52 per cent of its projected capacity on international flights, a trajectory that will lead to increased revenues.

“I would like us to go to 100 percent, but we also have to continue operating so that the improvement I am talking about can continue increasing. One thing I am happy about is that back to 100 is going to be sooner than later,” he said.

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In a memo addressed to KQ’s chief people officer Evelyne Munyoki, Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa) want the airline to pay them full salaries, saying that the carrier has recorded improved performance in business in the last few months. “In line with your policy to fulfil backlog payments to other suppliers, we urge you to similarly honour your obligations in as far as our members’ terms and conditions of service is concerned,” said Kalpa general secretary Murithi Nyagah in a letter dated November 30, 2021.



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