Kenyan, Ethiopian airways threaten to stop flights to South Sudan

Juba International Airport control tower (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

November 17th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Kenyan and Ethiopian airways have threatened to stop flights to South Sudan over what a senior South Sudan government official said was harassment of airline staff at the Juba airport.

Michael Makuei, information minister and government spokesman, said the cabinet was informed by minister of transport John Luk Jok that the airlines have threatened to stop flights to the world’s youngest nation.

“The Minister of Transport, John Luk Jok, informed us that he has received complaints from Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways, threatening to withdraw or stop their flights to South Sudan. This is because of the inconveniences that are usually caused to the staff of the two airlines,” Makuei told reporters during weekly cabinet meeting on Friday.

“As you know very well, when you board a plane and your luggage is loaded, it may remain behind and when it remains behind, it is the duty of the airline to find it out and bring it to you. In case it is proved to be lost, they compensate you for that, but for us here in South Sudan if I arrive and my bag in not there, I immediately take action against the poor guy who is a station master here,” he added.

“Anyone found to be doing that [harassing staff] will definitely be made answerable to it… luggage getting lost is something that happens all over the world and South Sudan is not an exception.”

 

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