, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced a 4.3 increase in the number of passengers flown within Kenya in the fourth quarter of the financial year ending March 31 to stand at 189,514 compared to the same period last year.
Within Africa but excluding Kenya, passengers uplifted totalled 424,490 indicating a marginal growth of 1.1 percent on the back of a 2.6 percent increase in flight capacity.
In the Middle East, Far East and India regions, uplifted passenger traffic stood at 130,522 showed an improvement of 11 percent compared to same period prior year.
Passenger uplift to Europe at 83,506 was a reduction from last year’s level of 113,184 at 75.7 percent seat occupancy, an improvement of 5.2 percent over last year.
The airline put into the market capacity totalling 3,143 million seat kilometres which was 4.5 percent below last year’s level attributed to discontinued operations to N’Djamena, Muscat and Jeddah though New Delhi joined the network in the first quarter of 2012.
Capacity made available into the East African region grew by 34.9 percent compared to same period last year due to increased frequencies to Dar-es-salaam, Seychelles, Moroni via Dzaoudzi and equipment mix between Boeing 738 and Embraer 190.
Middle East and Far East regions saw a capacity growth of 18.9 percent largely due to the operation of the larger B777 instead of the smaller B767 to Hong Kong and Guangzhou via Bangkok.
Europe shrunk in capacity by 30.4 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year due to rationalisation occasioned by the Eurozone crisis and anticipated lower demand during the Kenyan election period.
The Northern Africa region capacity declined by 5.4 percent as a result of right sizing capacity to Djibouti via Addis Ababa and the Khartoum-Cairo route.
Cargo capacity dropped by 14.9 percent with a proportionate decline in tonnage during the period due to general slump from some key feeder markets in Asia and Europe.