Nairobi-bound KQ Flight Diverted To Mombasa Over Unfavorable Weather At JKIA

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A Kenya Airways (KQ) plane that was headed to Nairobi from Kisumu was on Monday diverted to Mombasa over unfavourable weather condition.

According to one Nelson Osiemo, a passenger onboard, heavy fog at the Jomo Kenyatta International Aiport forced the JKIA control team to divert the 7.35am flight to Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

They were told to wait for about half an hour for the fog to clear before they could proceed to Nairobi.

“KQ 7.35am Kisumu to Nairobi. We have landed in Mombasa. Told there’s heavy fog over JKIA so we couldn’t land. We are told to wait for 30 mins here for the fog to clear and then resume our trip,” Osiemo wrote on Twitter.

In a statement issued at around noon, KQ confirmed that a number of flights were diverted over safety concerns.

“We would like to inform our valued customers of a disruption to our flight operations this morning from 7am – 9:30am. This was due the foggy conditions that surrounded JKIA.

“This disruption has resulted in delays on some of our scheduled flights for today, and we advise all our customers to check with our Contact Centre on +254 (0)20 3274747 for updated information for departing flights prior to coming to the airport. Thank you, ” KQ wrote on Twitter.

Read: Nakuru Lawyer Sues Kenya Airways For Negligence and Miscommunication

KQ continues to experience operational challenges with reports indicating that some banks are now keen at salvaging their monies from the troubled airline.

The national carrier’s half-year pretax loss doubled to ksh8.5 billion from the previous year.

The airline now faces stiff competition with the recent re-launch of Uganda’s national airline which made its inaugural flight to Nairobi last week.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

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