By Patrick Chiriba

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) has cancelled their strike notice following a court ruling ordering the pilots to resume work.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Anna Mwaure ordered the striking pilots to return to work ‘unconditionally’ by 6am, November 9.

The strike, which began on Saturday, led to flight cancellations and left hundreds of passengers stranded.

In a statement released on Tuesday after the court ruling, KALPA announced the withdrawal of their strike notice and requested their employees to report for work on Wednesday.

“Members are also urged to report to the Executive Council any incident of victimisation or disciplinary action that may be taken contrary to the court’s orders,” KALPA stated.

KALPA also expressed their regret for the disturbance and disruption the strike caused to KQ passengers.

Allan Kilavuka, the Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways welcomed the court decision.

“We thank the court for the expeditious ruling that now allows KQ to resume its normal operations. We commit to complying with the court’s directions,” read the statement by Kilavuka.

Roads and Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen also expressed satisfaction with the court ruling urging KQ not to victimise any pilot who participated in the strike.

Kenya Airways will return to normal flight schedules on Saturday, November 12.