If South Sudan officials do not move to curb the runaway luggage theft at the Juba International Airport, both Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines might suspend flights to the airport.
According to Voice of America, South Sudan government spokesperson Michael Makuei said the two airlines plan to stop services to Juba after receiving a flurry of complaints over lost luggage from their customers.
Some traveller who lost their luggage over a year ago are yet to locate them to this date, despite reporting the losses. They have also said that bags being taken away from them forcefully is quite commonplace at the airport, and it can be hard to tell whether those who grab the bags are airport officials or outsiders. They are thus requesting that all airport officials be in uniform and carry identity cards to distinguish them from other people.
A representative of the South Sudanese Government will now meet with officials from both airlines to discuss the way forward.