Capital FM (Nairobi)

Kenya Airways Posts Rise in Passenger Traffic

Nairobi — Kenya Airways has announced a 10.9 percent increase in the number of passengers flown within Kenya to stand at 228,119 in the third quarter ended December 31, 2012.

The airlines attributed the growth to the introduction of new flights to Eldoret and Kilimanjaro.

However cargo capacity dropped 10.7percent with a proportionate decline in tonnage during the period.

In the Middle East, Far East and India regions, uplifted passenger traffic was at 151,100 an improvement of 15.2 percent compared to same period in the prior year.

Within Africa but excluding Kenya, passengers uplifted totalled 516,894 indicating a growth of 2.9percent on the back of 10.1percent capacity growth.

Passenger uplift to Europe at 95,036 was a reduction from last year's level of 117,527 following the capacity reduction already alluded to.

The total passenger tally grew by 3.6 percent to close at 991,149, compared to similar period last year. The resultant cabin factor at 69.7 percent was lower than prior year's 71.7 percent.

The company put into the market capacity totalling 3.6 million seat kilometres which was 1.1perent above prior year's level. The growth during the period was as a result of introducing flights to Eldoret, Kilimanjaro and New Delhi.

On the Domestic front, capacity shrunk by 1.4percent compared to the similar period in the previous year despite entry of the Eldoret route. This was as a result of rationalization of Mombasa operations from the larger B737 aircraft to the smaller Embraer 190. Capacity to Kisumu grew by 15.4percent due to use of the larger Embraer 190 fleet as opposed to Embraer 170 to capture increased traffic during the quarter.

Capacity made available into the East African region grew by 22.7 percent compared to same period last year. This was mostly due to increased deployment of larger equipment.

The capacity into Middle East and Far East regions grew by 19.4percent, driven by New Delhi, a new entrant into the region.

Capacity offered into Europe however shrunk by 26.6percent compared to the same quarter of prior year due to capacity rationalization occasioned by the Euro zone crisis and the suspension of the Rome flights.

The Northern Africa region grew by 2.8percent in capacity owing to increased frequencies to Djibouti via Addis Ababa and use of the larger Embraer 190 fleet as opposed to Embraer 170 used in the same quarter of prior year.

Capacity in the Southern Africa region grew by 6.8 percent mainly from increase in frequency to Nampula and Harare via Gaborone.

Traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres dropped by 1.7 percent to 2.5 million compared to similar period last year. Europe recorded the highest reduction due to the economic challenges facing the Euro-Zone economies that necessitated cutbacks in capacity offered.

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