Hundreds of travellers were stranded at Nairobi’s international airport on Wednesday as riot police deployed and teargas was fired to disperse striking workers.

With flights grounded since midnight, passengers were advised on Wednesday morning not to come to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport East Africa’s busiest according to the Kenya Airports Authority until further notice.

Inside the terminals, strikers faced off with police who fired teargas as they moved in to arrest union officials they accused of inciting workers.

Passengers waiting for flights, some for hours, were asked to leave the airport, and gathered in parking and waiting areas outside the building.