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Documenting Unemployment: Skyward Express Is Going Down – Part 10 of 10

A Skyward Express plane on the tarmac.

It is sad, Turkana’s biggest town is Lodwar and this is where the operational airport is located.

Local Airlines have been competing for the Nairobi – Eldoret – Lodwar route for quiet sometime and it is sad that in this Northern dusty town, where the chances of getting a good job are very slim, a company should fall.

Now, over 30 families or so don’t have a bread to put on the table. That is going by the information we received, twice.

Skyward Express, one of the best in that route has closed shop. This is painful.

Well, this is the last of the documenting unemployment series, however, subsequent exposes that are about job losses will still be under the hashtag #UnemploymentCrisisInKenya and you can still read all about it.

What has been bothering me is that there’s no lawyer who has written to use requesting to school Kenyans on what to do when they lose a job, illegally.

However, Kenyans, please go to google, download the Employment Act Chapter 226 (2007; revised 2012) and read for yourself.

Know your rights.

below is the information received and confirmed about Skyward Express.

Morning,

Please add Skyward Express Airline on your article series.

They have cancelled all flights from Lodwar since Monday and laid off all the staff at the station.

The only way to communicate with them is via 1 phone line which is manned by 1 person 24hrs.

They have let go all their sales staff / call centre and ground staff this weekend; the number is over 30 people.

Travel agents like us have been left footing the bills of rebooking passengers on other airlines since they have gone dark and are not responding to anything.

Everyone thinks Kenya Airways (KQ) will be the first to go to the grave but thesw guys are already there.


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