Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the suspension of all flights to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), effective Tuesday.

The decision comes in response to the continued detention of two KQ employees by the Military Intelligence Unit in Kinshasa.

"Due to the continued detention of KQ employees by the Military Intelligence Unit in Kinshasa, Kenya Airways (KQ) is unable to support out flights without personnel effectively," a KQ statement said.

"As a result, we reached a difficult decision to suspend flights to Kinshasa effective 30TH April in 2024 until we can effectively support these flights."

According to the statement, the airline said the continued detention of its staff has made it difficult  supervise its operations in Kinshasa.

Some of the services KQ said are affected by the ongoing impasse encompass  customer service, ground handling, cargo activities, and generally ensuring safe, secure, and efficient operations.

The airline emphasized its concern for the wellbeing of its detained staff.

“We also ask that our staff be treated humanely and respectfully during this unlawful detention,” the statement continued.

While seeking resolution, KQ pledged its continued cooperation with the investigating agencies and the relevant Government entities in both DRC and Kenya to ensure this matter is resolved.

They have called for the release of their employees to allow for a fair legal process.

“We ask that the Military court’s direction that they be released to allow due process to be respected so that our innocent staff can return to their families and everyday lives without harassment,” the statement concluded.

KQ's decision to suspend its flights to Kinshasa is likely to have an effect on the two countries economically and it also threatens their diplomatic relations.

Kenyans and DRC citizens are eagerly waiting to see how the events surrounding ongoing impasse will unfold.