Kenya Airways 1Q traffic up 5.2%

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Published: May 11, 2012

Kenya Airways (KQ) recorded a 5.2% year-over-year increase in passengers carried to 832,366 during its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31. Traffic increased 1.6% to 2.24 million RPKs on flat capacity of 3.29 million ASKs, pushing the load factor up 1.4 points to 68.1%.

During the quarter, capacity in Northern Africa grew 4.2% year-over-year while East African capacity shrunk 21.2%. Southern Africa grew 10.4%, West Africa lifted 8.3%, Central Africa shrunk 12.9%, Kenya fell 10.6% and Kisumu jumped 20.7%. Capacity into the Middle East, Far East and India regions grew by 3.6% mainly on the Bombay and Bangkok-Hong-Kong routes, while capacity into Europe shrunk by 5.0%, which KQ attributed to a frequency reduction to London and switching out a 767 for a 737 in Rome.

Passengers carried to Europe fell 4.1% to 113,184, while passengers carried in the Middle East, Far East and India regions jumped 6% to 117,543. Africa, excluding Kenya, grew 8.3% to 419,877, and passengers carried in Kenya lifted 4.2% to 181,762.

KQ said cargo tonnage increased 4.1% year-over-year to 14,909, on an improved business environment and increased sales efforts.

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