How Kenya Airways pilots are busy ‘eating’ away the airline’s future as they gobble up half of KQ’s payroll

Kenya’s struggling national carrier, Kenya Airways is being eaten to the bones despite its miserable state.

About half of Kenya Airways’ revenue is dished out to its pilots, who form the minority of the workforce, as fat salaries.

A Kenya Airways plane
A Kenya Airways plane

According to an official document by the national carrier, it showed that although pilots accounted for just 13 per cent of the airline’s total workforce, they took home the equivalent of 45 per cent of the overall payout to employees.

Staff under the umbrella of the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) who accounts for the bulk of the workforce at 65 percent took home an estimated 30.5 percent of KQ’s payroll.

Some of Kenya Airways Captains at a pilots strike organised by KALPA at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport.
Some of Kenya Airways Captains at a pilots strike organised by KALPA at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport.

Going by KQ’s latest financial report for the nine months to December 2017, pilots were paid a combined Sh4.25 billion from the airline’s Sh9.45 billion wage bill for the period while the KAWU staff took home Sh2.89 billion.

At the end of 2017, the airline had 414 pilots, out of its overall workforce of 3,548.

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