Nairobi. Dar es Salaam-bound passengers for Kenya Airways (KQ) are stranded at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The passengers, who were to fly with Kenya Airway's flight number KQ 482 at 8:30 am were abruptly informed that the flight has been delayed as they were about to board the plane.
"KQ Flight Number 482 to Dar es Salaam has been delayed. We will make another announcement at 10:00 AM," the company said via a public announcement.
At 10:00, the passengers were told to leave Gate Number 16 and assemble at Gate Number 17.
While at Gate Number 17, a KQ official, who introduced himself as Joseph Mwaniki, told the passengers that the flight that they were to fly with had experienced a mechanical fault and that the company was doing 'everything possible' to ferry the passengers not earlier than 8:00PM.
That did not go down well with passengers who were heard complaining that KQ has been treating Dar es Salaam-bound travellers unfairly for a long time.
"I have not rested for three days. I am coming from the war zone. I have several issues to do in Dar es Salaam. If you are tired, why don't you proclaim that Air Tanzania should start flying the Dar es Salaam-Nairobi route," said one of the stranded passengers who preferred not to be named due to the sensitivity of the organization that she works with.
Until 10:30AM the passengers were still scattered into groups, unsure of what the airline company, which markets itself as 'The Pride of Africa' will do next.