Overworked airport staff 'a risk to lives'
SEE ALSO: KCB defends Weston title over Sh1b loanThe regulator said officials such as marshals deployed to work in airports were assigned other roles in addition to their primary work. This, it noted, has affected the morale of the aviation workers, contributing to high employee turnover across airports. It also expressed concerns that this could affect the safety of Kenya’s airspace. “The current situation exposes some of the air traffic control officers to long periods of work on the controls, sometimes with high exhaustion levels. In busy airports such as JKIA, Moi International Airport and Wilson Airport, the controls are understaffed and even with shift schedules, there is still limited rest,” said KCAA in the master plan submitted to the National Environmental Management Authority. “In this situation, there are possibilities of stress and exhaustion that could compromise on the safety of the aircraft as well as possible effects at their family levels. This has potential risks of concentration lapse and related aircraft safety, low staff retention leading to loss of key and experienced staff.” The Authority said there were 172 air traffic controllers at various airports as of June 2017, which was inadequate.
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