National carrier–Kenya Airways is sending home 182 pilots with more than 400 cabin crew facing job losses.

According to The Star, 22 pilots have already been served with redundancy letters and 160 more are on the way out with at least 400 cabin crew also on the exit.

The exit package includes salary and all applicable allowances up to and including June 24, 2020, a one month’s salary in lieu of notice and accrued leave days as at June 24, a move that will see the loss-making company spend millions in the layoff.

Upon returning the company properties in their possession, undergoing an exit medical check-up with Kenya Airways clinic and signing all necessary discharges, the employees will be paid final dues.

“I regret to advise you of management’s decision to terminate your appointment by giving you one month notice with effect from June 24, 2020,”

Copy of the letters given to the pilots, signed by Chief Human Resources Officer Evelyne Munyoki reads in part.

KQ has grounded almost all its operations save for cargo and government-approved repatriation flights.

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