Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Kinshasa following some of its staff were reportedly detained by the Military Intelligence Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital, Kinshasa.

In a statement signed by Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka says the company is unable to support their flights without personnel effectively.

“As a result, we reached a difficult decision to suspend flights to Kinshasa effective April 30, 2024, until we can effectively support these flights,” reads the statement.

“The continued detention of our employees has made it difficult for us to supervise our operations in Kinshasa, which include customer service, ground handling, cargo activities, and generally ensuring safe, secure, and efficient operations.” Adds the statement.

Kenya Airways apologized to their customers for any inconvenience caused by the situation.