Troubled Silverstone fires all staff

Passengers walking towards a Silverstone Air flight at Kisumu International Airport. The airline has suspended its operations PHOTO: COURTESY

Silverstone air has laid off all it’s pilots and crew on grounds that the company has become redundant.

The notice to let go of the staff which is effective from 18th November comes barely a week after the company’s flights were grounded by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

According to the company, the suspension of  Silverstone Air’s Dash 8 fleet has caused them losses due to flight disruptions which also has resulted in irreparable damage to the company’s brand equity as evidenced by mass cancellation of tickets.

Silverstone Air Services Limited has become redundant… as a result of the recent decision by KCAA to ground the company’s fleet, thereby grounding our passenger services,” read in part the notice to the staff.

The grounding of the company’s flights by KCAA came after its flights experienced several mishaps.

Early this month, a Fokker 50 aircraft operated by Silverstone Air  veered off the runway while departing from Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

On October 28th there was tension after a rear wheel of another Silverstone’s flight fell off in Lodwar airstrip in Turkana. In both incidents no passengers were hurt.