Stranded Kenyans In India protest KQ’s exorbitant ticket prices as second evacuation flight announced

Kenya Airways Boeing Plane. [Photo Courtesy]

The Kenyan High Commission in New Delhi, India has issued a notice of a scheduled evacuation flight next Tuesday, June 23 to bring back Kenyans stuck in India.

Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways will bring back the second batch of Kenyans left in India after the first flight in May shuttled a group of Kenyans who had been India receiving treatment for among other ailments, cancer.

“The planned flight, KQ 224, will depart Mumbai at 0900 hours on June 23, 2020 and is expected to arrive in Nairobi at 1245 hours,” the notice by the mission in New Delhi signed by Ambassador Willy Bett reads.

They will pay Ksh67,500 for an Economy Class ticket while those who wish to fly in Business Class will pay Ksh95,000.

In the first evacuation flight, the cost of the air ticket was relatively cheap going for Ksh40,000.

Most of those left behind are patients who were still receiving treatment in Indian hospitals at the time of the evacuation.

However, the high cost of tickets is likely to lock out some Kenyans from returning home after spending months in the hospital.

“I am broke, can’t raise Sh140,000 for me and my wife,” Wallace Kimani, a cancer survivor and retired teacher retorted.

He flew to India in January for cancer treatment and now says oncologists have given him a clean bill of health.